National Congress of American Indians

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Donate to NCAI today to support our work of advancing tribal sovereignty, securing Native rights, & educating the public.

In 1944, tribal nations faced the threat of termination and Native civil rights were under assault. In response, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) was founded to protect tribes and the rights of all Native American people.

When NCAI's first Convention concluded on November 18, 1944, 18 resolutions were passed becoming the platform for NCAI's work and creating a legacy that we carry forward today.  "The resolutions addressed three broad themes: sovereignty, civil rights, and political recognition for all Indians. From these resolutions emerged two immediate concerns: the establishment of a claims commission for tribes to litigate old land claims against the government and the securing of voting rights for Indians in New Mexico and Arizona." ( 

Today because of NCAI and so many others, tribal nations and Native people have made significant progress to advance the rights our ancestors fought so hard to preserve. However, while we have made great strides, the rights of tribal citizens and tribal sovereignty continues to come under attack.

NCAI members continue to take action on the critical priorities of Indian Country - from protecting treaty rights to human rights, cultural preservation to economic development, from creating opportunity for Native youth to honoring the service of military Veterans, and much more.

As NCAI leads in advocating for the rights of all Native peoples, we remain committed to carrying on the important work of building a strong future for Indian Country.

Join us as we continue this work for another seven generations.


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National Congress of American Indians

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1516 P ST NW


(202) 466-7767