2017 Executive Council Winter Session

Session Agendas

Hotel Information

Sponsorship Information

Capitol Hill Reception

Annual Leadership Awards Ceremony

Other Events

Hill Visits

Host Hotel

Capital Hilton
1001 16th Street
Washington, DC 20036


Hotel Information

Call: 1-800-HILTONS

Please reference the hotel’s assigned code for our group “EWCS” to receive group discounted rates. 

or click here for online reservations.

Hotel room deadline is Monday, January 23!

 If you are unable to make a reservation at the host hotel and would like to be on the wait list, please contact Lee Lovelace at llovelace@ncai.org with your arrival and departure dates.


For more information visit www.ncai.org.

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street & Independence Avene
Washington, DC 20005
Event Date: Wednesday, February 15
Event Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Congressional Leadership Award – This award is to recognize those individuals who are elected to the United States Congress who have demonstrated leadership and are champions on issues important to tribal nations.

Public Sector Leadership Award – This award is to recognize partners outside of the governmental sector and outside of Indian Country who work for the advancement of tribal issues and who support Native causes. 

Governmental Leadership Award – This award is to recognize partners in government service who are critical to tribal issues and who serve as champions in their institutions.  

Native American Leadership Award – This award recognizes a Native individual who has helped transform Indian Country through their efforts and long term commitment and whose leadership and work benefits and influences at the national level.

Special Recognition Award – This occasional award recognizes significant lifetime achievement on behalf of Indian Country.  

Past Honorees

2016 Honorees
U.S. Representative Betty McCollum
Kevin Washburn
Byron Mallott
Mike Wise
2016 Special Recognition
Jesse Witten
Sherry Salway Black

2015 Honorees
U.S. Representative Devin Nunes
Jodi Gillette
2015 Special Recognition
Robert Burnette
Suzan Harjo
National Criminal Justice Association

2014 Honorees
U.S Senator Mike Crapo
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
James Anaya
Kevin Gover
2014 Special Recognition
Chairman Earl Barbary
Juanita Ahtone

2013 Honorees
U.S. Senator Patty Murray
The National Taskforce to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women
Andrew Lee
Administrator W. Craig Fugate

2012 Honorees
U.S. Congressman Don Young
Washington Interships for Native Students Programs
Dr. Eddie F. Brown
Assistant Secretary for Indians Affairs Larry Echo Hawk

2011 Honorees
U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Billy Frank, Jr.
Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli
2011 Special Recognition
Wilma Pearl Mankiller

2010 Honorees
U.S. Congressman Xavier Becerra
Profs. Stephen Cornell & Joseph P. Kalt
Elouise Cobell
Dr. Eric Broderick
Marie Howard

2009 Honorees
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski
Roberta Valente, J.D.
Rachel Joseph
Scott Burns

2008 Honorees
U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman
Friends Committee on National Legislation –Native American Advocacy Program
Alan Parker
Governor Janet Napolitano

2007 Honorees
U.S. Congressman Tom Cole
Wade Henderson
John E. Echohawk
National Council of State Legislatures

2006 Honorees
Claude Allen
Boys and Girls Club
U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan

2005 Honorees
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch
NMAI Opening Core Team
Dan Lewis, Bank of America

2004 Honorees
U.S. Civil Rights Commission
U.S. Representative Richard Pombo
Federal Communications Commission
2004 Special Recognition
Patricia Zell
Pat Babcock

2003 Honorees
The Late U.S. Senator
Paul Wellstone
Neal McCaleb
John Herrington, NASA Astronaut

2002 Honorees
U.S. Senator Thomas Daschle
Nike, Inc.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

2001 Honorees
U.S. Representative Dave Camp
U.S. Senator Pete Domenici
U.S. Representative Maxine Waters

2000 Honorees
Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante
U.S. Senator John McCain
U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy

1999 Honorees
U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell
U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye
U.S. Representative J. D. Hayworth
U.S. Representative Dale E. Kildee

If you are planning on have a side meeting or reception in conjunction with the 2017 Executive Council Winter Session please use the following form to submit your request. One of our meeting and event team members will respond to you with any questions.

Other Events at 2017 Executive Council Winter Session:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

1:00 PM - FEMA Tribal Disaster Declaration Pilot Guidance and Homeland Security Discussion
Ohio Room

3:30 PM - Food, Nutrition, and Agriculture Opportunities for Indian Country: The 2018 Farm Bill and Beyond 
Senate Room

Thursday, February 16, 2017

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM- Tribal Policy Discussion on the Affordable Care Act and its Impact on Indian Country:
234 Cannon House Office Building
Please join Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D., Members of Congress, and Tribal Leaders for a roundtable discussion on the future of the Affordable Care Act and implications for Indian Country. Space is limited. To reserve your seat, please RSVP to Ross Arnett by phone at 202-225-5330 or by e-mail at Ross.Arnett@mail.house.gov by Monday, February 13th, 2017. 

Don't forget to schedule Capitol Hill visits. Indian Country has major priorities to advance during this Session of Congress. It is important for our membership to meet with their representatives, both new and returning members, to continue educating them on issues and making them strong advocates for Indian Country. 

If you wish to meet with your representatives in either the House of Representatives or Senate, please submit your meeting request in writing to the representative's office and follow-up to ensure your request was received.

To find your House Representative, please click here.

To find your state Senator, please click here

For assistance in scheduling a Hill Visit please contact Teressa Baldwin at tbaldwin@ncai.org.