Fawn Sharp addresses the National Congress of American Indians 76th annual convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after winning election as president of the organization on October 24, 2019. Photo by Indianz.Com (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
Tribal Leaders Scheduled to Engage with Congress in Virtual Meetings for Tribal Unity Impact Days
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. | The 2020 Tribal Unity Impact Days, a two-day event hosted by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and its partners, will take place on September 16 – 17, 2020 to provide tribal leaders with the opportunity to engage with key members of Congress in an all virtual setting.

Tribal Unity Impact Days kicks off Wednesday, September 16 with an opening session led by NCAI President Fawn Sharp, NCAI Chief Executive Officer Kevin Allis, and an update from members of the NCAI Civic Engagement and Policy Research Center teams for a state of 2020 Census report.

On both event days, attendees will hear from Congressional members and tribal leaders, in a round table format, as they discuss critical legislative issues currently affecting tribal nations including: COVID-19; emergency management; natural resources; public safety; infrastructure, and other important topics to Indian Country.

This year’s partners include three regional inter-tribal organizations and eight national Native organizations.

Additional details for Tribal Unity Impact Days can be found on ncai.org. On social media, please use hashtag #TUID2020.

2020 Tribal Unity Impact Days [Draft]
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 – Thursday, September 17, 2020
All times are Eastern Daylight Time

11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
• Event Opener with NCAI Leadership

12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Congressional Roundtables:
• Rep. Betty McCollum
• Reps. Ruben Gallego and Raúl Grijalva
• Rep. Raul Ruiz
• Rep. David Joyce
• Rep. Derek Kilmer

11:45 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.
• Event Opener with NCAI Leadership

12:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. Congressional Roundtables:
• Sen. Elizabeth Warren
• Sen. Jon Tester
• Rep. Ben Ray Luján
• Reps. Tom Cole and Deb Haaland
• Sen. Maria Cantwell
• Sen. Tina Smith
• Sen. Tom Udall

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 ncai.org.