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73rd Annual NCAI Phoenix Convention and Marketplace

The 73rd annual National Congress of American Indians Convention and Marketplace will be held in Phoenix, October 9-14, at the Phoenix Convention Center downtown. Every year the conference draws large crowds, bringing Indian Country together. This year’s theme is “Prosperity Through Sovereignty.”

The mission of the NCAI is to “protect and enhance treaty and sovereign rights; secure traditional laws, cultures and ways of life for descendants; promote a common understanding of the rightful place of tribes in the family of American governments; and improve the quality of life for Native American communities and peoples.”

Workshops begin Sunday morning, starting with the Morning Session, which will feature the Indian County Water Summit, Large Land Base Tribal Nations Task Force, Violence Against Women Task Force and New Member Orientation.

Throughout Sunday afternoon, scheduled workshops include Department of Education Consultation, Emergency Management Training, Protecting the Right to Vote on Election Day, and Indian Health Service Consultation.

This year, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is a gold sponsor of the event. An NCAI Welcome Reception for conference attendees will be hosted by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. A shuttle service for attendees will be provided from the convention site in downtown Phoenix to Talking Stick Resort and Casino for participants to experience the Talking Stick nightlife.

The NCAI convention is not open to the public; if you would like more information or wish to attend, visit www.ncai.org/conferences-events.download, where you can download the online registration form.

Other workshops and breakout sessions planned throughout the week will include a Native Prayer Sunrise Gathering, a casual event at which attendees will hear encouraging stories of faith and strengthening relationships; a Native American “Just Move It” Walk; a Supreme Court update; a White House update; and presentations by NCAI General Counsel John Dossett and Native American Rights Fund Executive Director John Echohawk.

Since 1944, the NCAI has hosted national meetings to discuss and plan the future of American Indian and Alaskan Native policy.