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Major Native American conference draws state and federal political leaders
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Major Native American conference draws state and federal political leaders

Major Native American conference draws state and federal political leaders
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(Photo) Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R) Oklahoma

Major Native American conference draws state and federal political leaders

Tulsa and Oklahoma tribal leaders will be hosting federal and state leaders during the weeklong event that should draw over 2,000 attendees and participants.

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is set to host its 70th Annual Convention & Marketplace at Tulsa’s Cox Business Center, in downtown Tulsa until Friday, October 18, 2013.

National and state political leaders from across the political spectrum are scheduled to speak at the convention, including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, and Oklahoma Congressmen Tom Cole and Markwayne Mullin.

 NCAI’s outgoing President Jefferson Keel and Executive Director Jacqueline Pata will hold a press conference to open the Annual Convention, and outline the priorities.

 The press conference is scheduled for Monday, October 14, at noon on the second floor.

 According to a press release sent out on Saturday, the top priorities are listed below:

  Impact of the shutdown, sequestration, and budget issues on Indian Country.

  The ongoing debate over the use of racist mascots in professional sports.

 Baby Veronica – what occurred, what work is continuing, and how we can prevent another removal of a Native child from her family and culture.

 The convention will mark the end of the second consecutive term of NCAI President Jefferson Keel, Lt. Governor of the Chickasaw Nation.

 NCAI will also be celebrating the organization’s 70th Annual Convention since the organization was founded at the first Convention in 1944 in Denver, Colorado.

 The original meeting included close to 80 delegates from 50 tribes and associations in 27 states who formed the organization to thwart the emerging threat of termination of tribal nations.

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