NCAI President Calls For New Federal Laws Backing Tribes

By Andrew Westney (January 14, 2016, 8:46 PM EST) -- The head of the National Congress of American Indians urged the federal government Thursday to enact legislation to support tribes as they seek to spur economic development, secure their land base, fight climate change and protect public safety in Indian Country.

NCAI President Brian Cladoosby, re-elected as the group's leader in October, delivered the State of Indian Nations address in Washington, D.C., touching on a wide range of tribal issues in the organization's traditional follow-up to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

While pointing to many recent achievements for tribes, including a number of laws enacted under the Obama...

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