NCAI elects new president, bids farewell to President Keel

TULSA, OK-The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) elected Brian Cladoosby as their new president. Two-term President Jefferson Keel stepped down October 18.

In his first statement after being sworn in as the 21st president of the NCAI, Brian Cladoosby, Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, called for reduced thresholds for federal tribal disaster assistance and challenged Congress to prioritize Native peoples in the post-shutdown legislative calendar, including acting on the Farm Bill.

"Congress must act immediately to provide rapid recovery for our tribes," the new presi...