Media Advisory: The National Congress of American Indians to Host Tribal Nations at its 2020 Annual Convention & Marketplace with Focus on Truth and Reconciliation

WASHINGTON, D.C. | The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is honored to host tribal nations to convene as a congress in a dynamic, fully-virtual setting for the 2020 Annual Convention & Marketplace on November 8-13, 2020.

As NCAI celebrates 77 years of serving the broad interests of tribal nations, this year’s Annual Convention theme, Truth and Reconciliation, explores the current state of tribal sovereignty and affirms the commitment of tribal nations to use this forum to forge and advance critical priorities in a unified way, with the ultimate goal of ensuring true government-to-government relationships with the United States.

This six-day event features a robust mix of General Assembly presentations, breakout sessions, subcommittee and committee deliberations, cultural events, receptions, and more.

Key conversations include:

Convening of the Congress in Regional Caucus, Committees, and Sub-committees – NCAI member tribes, individual members, and constituents will join together to discuss top priorities for the upcoming year, including on the deliberation of resolutions. This year, the Convention is focusing more on these interactive sessions to enhance the event’s function as a congress.

NCAI President and CEO Town Hall – NCAI President Fawn Sharp and CEO Kevin Allis will host an open forum that will enable attendees to learn more about the importance of convening as a congress, the vision for the organization, and Indian Country’s most timely priorities. The forum will include time for questions and discussion.

Convention highlights:

Marketplace – This event is open and free to the public, and will feature handmade Native jewelry, arts, and craft as well as the opportunity to meet tribal entities, non-profits, and government agencies working in Indian Country. The Marketplace is a component of NCAI’s 2020 Annual Convention & Marketplace.

Northwest Tribal Nations Cultural Night – NCAI and the local planning committee from the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians will host an evening of cultural immersion. The audience will experience traditional songs, dances, and storytelling from tribal nations within the NCAI Northwest Region. Visit the NCAI Facebook page to RSVP today.

Pre-registration for press credentialing is open now. Please pre-register here

Press must pre-register to attend the 77th Annual Convention & Marketplace. Credentialed press have access to all plenary and breakout sessions, except where noted as “closed to press.”

Please note press are required to log in to each session using their official registered email address and are asked to please announce themselves to the moderator at the beginning of each session they attend.

For additional information, please view NCAI’s 2020 Annual Draft Agenda or contact NCAI Vice President of External Affairs Lycia Maddocks for press inquiries or related questions at