News & Updates Archive

June 2020

June 1, 2020

Leading National Civil Rights and Racial Justice Organizations Denounce Murder of George Floyd, Call for Impartial Investigation of Officers Involved

As the foremost national coalition of organizations dedicated to civil rights and racial justice, we are both heartbroken and outraged at the brutal and senseless murder of George Floyd by officers of the Minneapolis Police Department. George Floyd becomes the latest in a long and growing line of members of our communities who have needlessly died at the hands of police acting outside of the bounds of the law and their sworn duty to uphold and protect the public. This epidemic of racialized violence must stop, and it must stop now. Bringing it to an end will require the affirmative commitment, solidarity and sustained action of all Americans, from grassroots advocacy to the ballot box.

May 2020

May 29, 2020

NCAI Condemns the Behavior of the Officers Involved in the Death of George Floyd

“As someone who served in law enforcement for a decade and took an oath to protect and serve all of my fellow citizens, I am sickened by what I’ve witnessed over the past several days, first with the murder of George Floyd, and the inadequate response since to apprehend and bring to justice all of those responsible. This latest unjustifiable tragedy is a stark reminder that people of color face disproportionate rates of police brutality, a situation that merits a comprehensive national policy response. No one should be harmed or murdered simply because of the color of their skin,” said Kevin Allis, Chief Executive Officer of the National Congress of American Indians.

May 20, 2020

Heinrich Urges FCC To Ensure Rural Tribal Communities Have Equal Internet Access

“This pandemic lays bare the fact that many American Indian and Alaska Native communities lack essential services. Extending the tribal priority filing window and the start date for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund would allow tribal nations to prioritize response and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic without having to risk missing a historic opportunity to bridge the digital divide,” said National Congress of American Indians CEO Kevin Allis.

May 14, 2020

Good Medicine Comedy to Hold Fundraiser Benefiting Tribes Impacted by COVID-19

Recognizing that Native Americans and tribal communities have been some of the hardest hit by COVID-19 in the country, Good Medicine Comedy announced today that it will hold a fundraiser on Friday, May 22, to bring audiences some much-needed comedic relief all while raising money for tribal communities impacted by COVID-19.

April 2020

April 18, 2020

NCAI Statement on the Release of Sensitive Tribal Data

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is extremely disappointed and disturbed by the release of sensitive information that tribal governments and other entities submitted to the U.S. Department of the Treasury related to CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds.

April 6, 2020

The National Congress of American Indians Message of Gratitude and Call to Action

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) announced the passage and signing of H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This bill includes $10 billion in funding set-asides for tribal nations. Advocates from across Indian Country worked tirelessly to ensure that the bill included these and other resources to enable tribal nations and communities to respond to and recover from the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

March 2020

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