2018 Executive Council Winter Session

Hotel Information

Sessions and Consultations

Sponsorship Information

Capitol Hill Reception

Annual Leadership Awards Ceremony

Other Events

Hill Visits

State of Indian Nations 2018

Host Hotel

Capital Hilton
1001 16th Street
Washington, DC 20036


Hotel Information

Call: (202)393-1000

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

or click here for online reservations.

Hotel room deadline was Monday, January 22!

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



Monday, February 12

1:30PM - 5:00PM
Advancing Indian Country's Farm Bill Priorites

1:30PM - 5:00PM
Tribal Lands Workgroup

3:00PM - 6:00PM
Tribal TANF Task Force Meeting

Thursday, February 15

8:30am - 5:00pm
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Tribal Leader Consultation Working Group
USDA requests Tribal Leaders RSVP by February 8th by e-mailing Tribal.Relations@osec.usda.gov to ensure room availability. For more information, please contact the Office of Tribal Relations by e-mail at Tribal.Relations@osec.usda.gov.  
Tribal Leader Invitation to Consultation 
FDPIR Consultation Report Out

9:30am - 12:00pm
U.S. Department of Justice Consultation 
Tribal Consultation on Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 Tribal Funding Policy
Background on the Department of Justice's Tribal Funding History, including the CTAS

10:00am - 12:00pm
National Indian Gaming Commission Consultation
Tribal Leader Letter
Consultation Session Annoucement


Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian

Fourth Street & Independence Avene
Washington, DC 20005
Event Date: Wednesday, February 14
Event Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

For inquiries contact Holly Naylor at hnaylor@ncai.org

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 
Presidential Ballroom, Capital Hilton
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Tickets available for purchase here! 

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

2017 Honorees
U.S. Representative Tom Cole
Norm DeWeaver
Lawrence Roberts
Chairman David Archambault, II
2017 Special Recognition
Keith Harper

Mary Smith

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 having a side meeting or reception in conjunction with the 2018 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.

For more information contact Amy Gay at agay@ncai.org

Other Events:

Monday, February 12, 2018

Congressional Reception and Briefing to Protect Native Women and Girls

Young Professionals for Deb Haaland

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Deb Haaland for Congress Reception

Congressman Tom Cole Luncheon

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Senator Jon Tester Reception

Paulette Jordan for Governor Reception

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 Lorraine Basch at lbasch@NCAI.org

Click here to view details regarding the 2018 State of Indians Nations address.