Chairman Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community has been re-elected as President of the National Congress of American Indians. President Cladoosby ran unopposed and was unanimously acclaimed to serve his second two-year term as president at the NCAI’s 72nd Annual Convention held in San Diego. President Cladoosby is also the co-speaker of the Coast Salish Gathering, which comprises British Columbia First Nations and Western Washington Tribes.
President Cladoosby identified the underfunded health care system, lack of support systems for veterans, and the high suicide rate among Native American youth under the age of 25 as primary policy issues for NCAI. “It is a very serious concern that we as tribal leaders need to deal with at home and try to figure out some solutions to this quiet crisis,” Cladoosby said.
On Twitter duringt he election campaign, President Cladoosby noted: “#AmericanIndians & #AlaskaNatives continue to experience the greatest health disparities in the U.S. when compared to other Americans,” and “All #tribes must have the ability to recover their traditional homelands and have their original land base boundaries respected.”
Randy Noka of the Narragansett Indian Tribe was elected to serve as NCAI's First Vice President of the Executive Board, W. Ron Allen of Jamestown S'Kllallam was elected Treasurer, and Aaron Payment of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe was selected as Board Secretary.