Wright has already been working at NCAI as its Director of Leadership Engagement. In that role, he has been working with the organization’s member tribes to address issues facing them on the national, state and local levels. According to the news release, Wright is now responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization, whose headquarters in Washington, D.C., is known as the Embassy of Tribal Nations. He will report directly to the NCAI Executive Committee, which consists of tribal leaders from every region of the U.S. “Larry’s appointment is an example of the NCAI Executive Committee’s thoughtful commitment to building a strong organization from within, and we are confident that NCAI will benefit from Larry’s demonstrated history of leadership and ability to address the needs of tribal nations,” said Sharp. “We look forward to working together to build a stronger, more responsive organization that will continue to fiercely defend tribal sovereignty just as we have since our inception in 1944.” Similar management duties were previously handled by the Chief Executive Officer of NCAI. But with the announcement of Wright’s role, NCAI is returning to the use of “Executive Director” following the exit of the organization’s prior CEO. The “Executive Director” title had been used for almost the entirety of NCAI’s 70-plus year history. On August 12, NCAI announced that it had “parted ways” with Dante Desiderio, who was on the job as CEO for barely a year. He had been placed on administrative leave without pay two months prior — on the eve of the organization’s first in-person conference of the COVID-19 era — for undisclosed reasons.
NCAI is pleased to announce the selection of Larry Wright, Jr. (Ponca Tribe of Nebraska) as Executive Director. The former tribal chairman and military veteran brings a diverse background to create a pathway to long-term success at NCAI & the NCAI Fund.— National Congress of American Indians (@NCAI1944) September 12, 2022
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The Supreme Court will hear arguments in Brackeen on November 9 — not long after NCAI concludes its 79th annual convention. The event, which takes place October 30 through November 4 in Sacramento, California, will include a special focus on the threats facing tribes and their sovereignty. To help raise awareness of the dangers to tribal rights, NCAI President Fawn Sharp is announcing the 20th Anniversary Sovereignty Run, A press conference is taking place at the Embassy on Tribal Nations on Tuesday afternoon. According to a person with direct knowledge of the planning, the Sovereignty Run is due to kick off in Oklahoma in early October. Participants from tribal communities will cross several states as they make their way to California for the start of the NCAI convention. The Sovereignty Run is especially notable, as Sharp planned the very first one back in 2002, when she was working as an attorney for her tribe. The calling card for the 2,800-mile journey from Washington state to Washington, D.C., was coined by the future NCAI president and Natalie Charley, the co-organizer of the historic event. “Every mile counts,” Sharp told Indianz.Com 20 years ago.
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