On Monday February 11, 2019 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Jefferson Keel will be giving the State of Indian Nations to the public, tribal leaders and political officials.
The NCAI will be broadcasting a live stream which Indian Country Today will post to our site. The NCAI will also be having a watch party in Washington D.C.’s Capital Hilton where the NCAI is hosting their 2019 Executive Council Winter Session.
The final seating at the Newseum studios concludes at 10:15 am EST and the program is set to begin at 10:20 am EST. The State of Indian Nations speech is due to start at 10:30 am EST. The program will conclude at 11:30 am EST.
The National Congress of American Indians website describes the purpose of the State of Indian Nations, which takes place annually after the presidential State of the Union Address.
Each year, the President of the National Congress of American Indians presents the State of Indian Nations address to members of Congress, government officials, tribal leaders and citizens, and the American public. Delivered during the week that the President of the United States delivers the State of the Union, the State of Indian Nations is a speech that shares the positive and future-oriented vision of tribal nations. The speech outlines the goals of tribal leaders, the opportunities for success and advancement of Native peoples, and priorities to advance our nation-to-nation relationship with the United States.
The speech is delivered to a live studio audience in Washington, DC and broadcast across the nation and around the globe to policymakers, citizens, and students. Recent speeches have reached audiences of over 20,000 people. The speech reflects on the state of our nation-to-nation relationship and offers concrete recommendations where Congress and the Administration can partner more closely with tribal nations.
To facilitate direct engagement between Congress and tribal nations, a member of Congress is invited each year to deliver a Congressional response to the State of Indian Nations. Previous Congressional speakers have included Senator Maria Cantwell, Senator Lisa Murkowski, and Representative Tom Cole, among others. The event concludes with a live, interactive Q&A session with the audience, press, and those engaging via social media.
Many people across Indian Country host watch parties and this year the hashtag to follow on Social media is #SOIN2019.
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