Well, you are kind of correct. However, NCAI consistently hints that they speak for all of Indian country. Keel, always says, Indian country needs this or that, not NCAI members need this or that. Of the 560+ plus federal tribes in the U.S. and dozens of non federal tribes, NCAI has a membership of maybe 200 tribes, far less than half of all nations in the U.S. Yet they say "Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. " Anyone not knowing Indian country would walk away from the statement believing that NCAI is the representative native organization of record. But, we all know that they are not.
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 09:18