NCAI Executive Committee Statement

Published on Aug 12, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Executive Committee today released the following statement:

“For almost 80 years, it has been our utmost interest and priority to serve as a leading voice for tribal sovereignty interests and initiatives. To continue to better serve our diverse sovereign Tribal Nations, we have parted ways with Mr. Desiderio. Our organization values accountability and has an ambitious agenda and we’re excited to strengthen our organization, build on our successes and achieve our strategic goals.”

Just before the NCAI Mid-Year Convention on Saturday, June 11, the NCAI Executive Committee placed Mr. Desiderio on temporary administrative leave to fulfill their fiduciary and governance duties and abide by the organization’s policies and procedures. The NCAI Executive Committee will continue to rely on Interim Chief Executive Officer Larry Wright, Jr. of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska to administer the important day-to-day work of NCAI.

For more information, please contact Charles Chamberlayne at


About the National Congress of American Indians:

Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people and rights. For more information, visit

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