Our Rights, Our Sovereignty – NCAI’s 69th Annual Convention and Marketplace, Sacramento, CA

Our Rights, Our Sovereignty – NCAI's 69th Annual Convention and Marketplace, Sacramento, CA
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L to R: CVMT Chairperson Silvia Burley, CVMT Vice Chairperson Anjelica Paulk, and Chukchansi Council Member Chance Alberta meet while attending the NCAI 69th Annual Convention, Sacramento, Calif.

CVMT’s tribally-appointed representatives, Chairperson Silvia Burley and Vice Chairperson Anjelica Paulk, attended the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 69th Annual Convention and Marketplace, held at the Sacramento Convention Center Complex, located at 1400 J Street, Sacramento, California.

NCAI Agenda – Events/Discussions/Forums/Meetings/Receptions/Reports/Topics:
US Fish & Wildlife Service National Eagle Repository Consultation – Native Women’s Forum ‘Violence Against Women’ Task Force – Native Women’s Caucus – Fostering Resilience in Native Youth – Energizing Our Community, Respecting Our Environment – Information to Support Housing in Indian Country – Tribal Communicators Circle – Native Organizations Meeting, Moving Forward Together – US Environmental Protection Agency Consultation – Large Land Base Tribal Nations Task Force – Ensuring Tribal Public Health Laws Protect Our Communities – Saving Lives, Improving Communications For Our First Responders – Federal Recognition Task Force – Emergency Management Overview for Tribal Leaders – Tribal TANF Task Force – New NCAI Membership Orientation – NCAI Committee and Subcommittee Chairs Meeting With Resolutions Committee – Welcome Reception – United League of Indigenous Nations Evening Event – Area Caucus Meetings – Mobilizing Tribes to Protect The Federal Indian Budget – Civil Rights – Tribal Leaders Strategy and Discussion Session – Native Financial Education Coalition Lunch and Meeting – Internet Gaming and its Impact on Indian Country – Developing Digital Infrastructure to Promote Tribal Sovereignty – Intertribal Tax Initiative, Tribalizing Tax Reform in 2013 – Protecting Our Sacred Lands – Using Technology to Sustain Our Cultures and Improve Academic Improvement – Tribal Homeland Security / Emergency Management – Strengthening Indian Family Through Indian Child Welfare – Subcommittee Meetings – Cultural Evening – National Native American ‘Just Move It’ – Health and Human Services – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Report – Trade Show Networking Reception – Lunch Discussion on State/Tribal Relations with Representatives from the National Caucus of American Indian State Legislature – HEARTH Act, Land Consolidation and Land Restoration – Agribusiness and Traditional Foods – Juvenile Justice Reform – US Dept. of Veteran Affairs Listening Session on Burial and Memorial Preferences – US Dept. of the Interior Informational Session on American Indian Population and Labor Force Report – US Government Accountability Office (GAO) Listening Session – American Indian Chamber of Commerce ‘ Buy Indian’ – Economic Forecasting.

Listing of some officials that were in attendance:
Governor Jerry Brown (CA), State Senator, Darrell Steinberg (CA), Jodi Gillette, Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs (The White House) – Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary, United States Department of the Interior – Hon. Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, US Department of the Interior – Tracey Lebeau, Directory, Office of Indian Energy, US Dept. of Energy – State Senator, Mark Wyland, Representative RNC (CA) – Katherine Archuleta, Representative DNC (CA) – Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief, Assembly of First Nations – Billy Mills 1964 Gold Medalist – Thomas E. Perez, Attorney General , Civil Rights Division, US Dept. of Justice – Kevin Gover, Director, Smithsonian ‘s National Museum of the American Indian (Washington DC) – Dion Killsback, Counselor to the Assistant Secretary, US Dept. of the Interior – Janie Hipp, Senior Advisor on Tribal Relations , US Dept. of Agriculture – Grand Chief Ed John, Chair, United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues – Ms. Loretta Tuell, Majority Staff Director, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs – Ernie Stevens Jr., Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association – Ms. Nancy Ward, Director, IX Region, FEMA.