Source: Native News Online
WASHINGTON – Each year, the President of the National Congress of American Indians presents the State of Indian Nations address to members of Congress, government officials, tribal leaders and citizens, and the American public. The speech outlines the goals of tribal leaders, the opportunities for success and advancement of Native peoples, and priorities to advance our nation-to-nation relationship with the United States.
The State of Indian Nations address will occur the following morning after President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before both chambers of Congress.
NCAI President Brian Cladoosby will deliver the State of Indian Nations live from the Knight Studios at the Newseum in Washington, DC.
Brian Cladoosby serves as the 21st President of NCAI. In October 2013 at NCAI’s 71st Annual Convention, he was elected to serve his first term as President of the organization. He is currently the President of the Association of Washington Tribes and has previously served as an Area Vice President on the NCAI Board. Brian Cladoosby has served on the Swinomish Indian Senate, the governing body of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, since 1985. He has served as the Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Senate since 1997.
Immediately following, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) will provide a Congressional Response. The floor will then be opened up to questions from press, the live audience, and those watching
2014 State of Indian Nations address
Delivered by President Brian Cladoosby
Thursday, January 30th
9:30am – Doors Open
10:15am – Doors Close
10:20am – Invocation
10:30am – State of Indian Nations
11:00am – Congressional Response
11:15am – Question & Answer Session
11:45am – Closing Remarks
*Use the C Street Entrance