NCAI: ‘Historic’ Unity Vote Keeps Non-Federally Recognized Tribes as Full Members

Representatives of various tribes attending or...
Representatives of various tribes attending organizational meeting of the National Congress of American Indians… – NARA – 298658 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Gale Courey -Toensing November 1,  2012, Indian Country Today

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The National Congress of American Indians  overwhelmingly voted to keep non-federally recognized tribes as full voting  members of the 68-year-old organization.

The vote took place at a Constitution Convention during NCAI’s  69th Annual Convention October 22-26 held this year in Sacramento.  Nine amendments were proposed to the organization’s Constitution, Bylaws and  Standing Rules. The membership accepted eight amendments and rejected one. The  most controversial was a proposal to limit NCAI tribal membership to federally recognized tribes and exclude state recognized tribes from voting membership.

The media were excluded from the Constitutional Convention, which took place  Thursday, October 25.

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I am so proud of this decision and NCAI!!! This is tribal sovereignty in action!  Lara

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