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The National Congress of American Indians Executive Director Jacqueline Pata resigned today after being with the organization for 18 years.

Pata will continue to run the organization until there is a transition of the next executive director.

“After having time for thought and reflection, I have decided to resign from my role as NCAI Executive Director,” she said. “Serving NCAI and tribal nations has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I am proud of that service and know that I leave NCAI with a strong foundation for continued growth under new leadership.”

She is the longest-serving executive director of the organization.

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NCAI President Jefferson Keel said he appreciates the work she’s done.

“During Jackie’s tenure, NCAI grew substantially as an organization, forged partnerships within Indian Country and among outside allies, and achieved significant successes in our advocacy with Congress, the Executive Branch, and in the federal courts,” Keel said. “NCAI is appreciative of the leadership Jackie has shown in her stewardship of the organization, and we wish her well in her future endeavors.”

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