NCAI: 'Rediscovering history' at 75th annual convention and marketplace

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Media Advisory: National Congress of American Indians Celebrates 75th Anniversary at the 2018 Annual Convention & Market

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WASHINGTON, D.C. | The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) returns to Denver, Colorado to host its Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future 75th Anniversary Annual Convention & Marketplace (NCAI75) at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center on October 21-26, 2018.

Founded in 1944 in Denver by 80 delegates representing 50 tribal nations and associations across 27 states at the First Annual Convention, NCAI has established a legacy over the past three-quarters of a century as the oldest, largest and most representative organization advocating for the rights of tribal nations, governments, and peoples. NCAI is celebrating this landmark year with activities surrounding the anniversary, including the 75th Anniversary Gala, the unveiling of its coffee table book commemorating NCAIs difference-making legacy, the Cultural Night Powwow, and special feature presentations throughout the week.

Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future is a rediscovery of NCAIs history, the lessons learned from our journey, and how tribal nations and communities can apply those lessons to shape the future for seven generations to come. Tribal leaders and other representatives from across the country will come together to celebrate tribal sovereignty and self-governance as well as decades of tireless work by our elders, advocates, allies, and friends.

Key subjects addressed at NCAI75 will include areas of great interest to tribal governments and leaders, such as Medicaid, making the Native Vote count, ensuring that Census 2020 fully counts Indian Country, ending violence again women, climate action efforts across tribal nations, building sustainable tribal economies, Native homeownership, preventing substance abuse, and plenty more. Please see the 2018 Annual Draft Agenda for additional details.

Pre-registration for press credentialing starts today, September 14, 2018. Please pre-register here:.

The on-site press credentialing schedule is posted below. Credentialed press have access to all plenary sessions, as well as those sessions noted for press access on the agenda. Please note press are required to wear press badges at all times and are asked to please announce themselves to the moderator of each session they plan on attending.

Pick up press credentials and materials at the Press Desk during the hours of operation listed below. Contact NCAI Communications Associate Erin Weldon at 202-489-6411 if you need to pick up credentials outside of the Press Desk hours.

Press Desk Hours:

                Sunday, October 21, 2018:           8:30 10:30 a.m.

                Monday, October 22, 2018:         7:30 9:30 a.m.

                Tuesday, October 23, 2018:          7:30 9:30 a.m.

                Wednesday, October 24, 2018:   7:30 9:30 a.m.

                Thursday, October 25, 2018:        7:30 9:30 a.m.

Contact NCAI Communications Associate Erin Weldon for press inquiries or related questions at


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