The NCAI was founded in 1944 in response to termination and assimilation policies that the United States forced upon the tribal governments in contradiction of their treaty rights and status as sovereigns. NCAI stresses the need for unity and cooperation among tribal governments for the protection of their treaty and sovereign rights, and it works to inform the public and Congress on the governmental rights of American Indians and Alaska Natives. It includes 250 member tribes throughout the United States. NCAI monitors federal policy and coordinates efforts to inform federal decisions that affect tribal government interests.
It seeks to secure for American Indians and their descendants the rights and benefits towhich they are entitled; to enlighten the public toward a better understanding of the Indian people; to preserve rights under Indian treaties or agreements with the United States; and to promote the common welfare of the American Indians and Alaska Natives.
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