Brian Cladoosby, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Chairman, was re-elected as president of the National Congress of American Indians by unanimous acclamation on October 22 during the 72nd annual NCAI convention in San Diego.
“Never in my wildest dreams as a little Indian boy growing up on a tiny reservation in the Northwest corner of our country did I ever imagine that I could have been given the opportunity to serve an organization like the National Congress of American Indians,” Cladoosby said. “Only through the love of the Creator.”
The second-term president said he will remain focused on future generations by strengthening tribal education, health care, mental health and family support systems, by protecting treaty rights, tribal lands and natural resources, and by ensuring that elected officials at all levels have an understanding of the challenges facing Indian youth.
“I will work every day to do what I can to make sure that NCAI lives up to the goals of tribal leaders past and that our work is worthy of the hopes and dreams of our children,” Cladoosby said.
This year’s election was the first time in recent memory that any candidate did not draw an opponent, as Cladoosby ran uncontested.
Cladoosby has been Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community for 19 years and on the tribal Senate for 31 years. He has been married to his wife, Nina, for 37 years. They have two daughters, LaVonne and Mary, a son-in-law, Tyler, and two grandchildren, Bella and Nathaniel.