National Congress of American Indians

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  • The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), founded in 1944, is an American Indian and Alaska Native indigenous rights organization, the first successful such organization to be completely led by native people themselves. The NCAI was formed to present a cogent Native American voice to combat the policies that were being forced upon the tribal governments by the U.S. government in contradiction of their treaty rights and status as sovereign entities. The organization continues to be a forum of federally recognized American Indian tribes. As the NCAI states on its website,

    The federal government guaranteed the health, safety, and welfare of tribal nations in exchange for over 450 million acres of tribal lands. Upholding this federal responsibility remains critical as American Indian and Alaska Native citizens ...

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