Just as President Barack Obama dutifully delivers his annual State of the Union Address to the American Public, the President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) presents the Indian Nations address in Washington, D.C. to an audience of members of Congress, government officials, tribal leaders, students, citizens, and the American public.
This year, NCAI President Brian Cladoosby will deliver his speech live tomorrow, Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 1 p.m. EST from the Newseum’s Knight Studios in Washington, D.C. to those concerned about the state of Indian country.
According to the NCAI’s release, the State of Indian Nations Address is a speech that “outlines the goals of tribal leaders, the opportunities for success and advancement of Native peoples, and priorities to advance the nation-to-nation relationship with the United States.”
In addition to Cladoosby’s State of Indian Nations Address, the new chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) will deliver the Congressional Response immediately following Cladoosby.
Senator Barrasso’s office told ICTMN in an email that the Senator was looking forward to attending the event and outlining his vision for the Committee. “He’ll specifically discuss bipartisan efforts to pass legislation that will help improve the lives of people across Indian country.”
Each year, a member of Congress is invited to deliver a Congressional response to the State of Indian Nations. Previous Congressional speakers have included Senator Maria Cantwell, Senator Lisa Murkowski, and Congressman Tom Cole. Previous State of the Indian Nations addresses have included former NCAI Presidents Jefferson Keel, Joe A. Garcia and Tex Hall.
The event will conclude with an interactive question and answer session with the audience and members of the press as well as with those engaging on social media.
More information is available about previous NCAI’s State of Indian Nations here.