Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Briefs. Discussion »
TULSA, OKLAHOMA Thousands of tribal leaders, Native advocates, and Indian country partners will be attending the 70th Annual Convention of the National Congress of American Indians in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The conference officially kicks off today.
The conference will see a change in leadership as Jefferson Keel’s term as president will end this week. Keel, the Lt. Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, has been a popular leader among tribal leaders.
The official slate of candidates to succeed Keel will be released on Wednesday morning to conference delegates.
While the ballot has not been released four names have been circulating among leaders for several weeks. They include: Brian Cladoosby, chairman of the Swinomish Tribe in Washington state; Juana Majel-Dixon, California’s Pauma Band of Mission Indians council member and NCAI first vice president; Joe A. Garcia, Ohkay Owingeh council member from New Mexico and George Tiger, principal chief of the Muscogee Creek Nation, based in Oklahoma.
In addition to the election of its president, other officials will be elected.
NCAI will provide a candidate information table where candidates can leave their campaign material (this will be separate from the NCAI information table). These tables are not to be staffed but an area to leave materials.
No banners, hand held signs, or distribution of campaign materials will be allowed in the general assembly hall. NCAI will allow campaign information to be left on the chairs in the general assembly room; however, these materials must be placed before the meeting is called to order or during breaks.
All members are encouraged to make sure their membership is up to date so that you can properly credentialed to vote in the election.
The convention will include exciting plenary and breakout sessions as we recommit ourselves to protecting and advancing tribal sovereignty for generations to come!
posted October 14, 2013 7:57 am edt