Summer 2023 Fellow: Micah Tsosie ’25
Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities. NCAI, a non-profit organization, advocates for a bright future for generations to come by taking the lead to gain consensus on a constructive and promising vision for Indian Country. The organization’s policy issues and initiatives are driven by the consensus of our diverse membership, which consists of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, tribal citizens, individuals, and Native and non-Native organizations. For nearly seven decades since its founding, NCAI has remained true to the original purpose of the organization: to be the unified voice of tribal nations. As outlined in the NCAI Constitution, our purpose is to serve as a forum for unified policy development among tribal governments in order to: (1) protect and advance tribal governance and treaty rights; (2) promote the economic development and health and welfare in Indian and Alaska Native communities; and (3) educate the public toward a better understanding of Indian and Alaska Native tribes.
Description of the Work
We are a policy oriented organization that would take the opportunities at SCOTUS, working the different Federal Agencies, and Native American Advocates. There are a number of areas that we work in, and depending on the interest of the candidate, we can explore more areas in VAWA, Boarding Schools/Education, Environment and Civic Engagement. These are just a few of the areas that our Policy team are currently working in.
Experience working with Indian Country, knowledgeable of Native American History.