Tribal Unity Impact

July 14, 2014

Tribal Unity Impact in Washington, DC
September 17 & 18, 2014


The National Congress of American Indians, in partnership with tribal nations and other tribal organizations, invites tribal leaders and advocates to the 2014 Tribal Unity and Legislative Impact Gathering on September 17 and 18. We encourage tribal leaders and advocates to make travel plans and request meetings with your Congressional delegation. A briefing session is scheduled on September 17 from 9am-12pm on Capitol Hill. Other events and meetings will be announced as we receive confirmation. The event is co-sponsored by the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, United South and Eastern Tribes, and California Association of Tribal Governments. We encourage more co-sponsorships!

The 2014 Tribal Unity Impact Week will focus on land, infrastructure, taxation, and the right to vote. Join us to advocate for strengthened tribal sovereignty in these areas.

Download Tribal Leader Briefing Agenda

During Tribal Unity Impact Week we ask you to join us in calling on members of Congress to stand with Indian Country!

The Department of the Interior’s authority to restore land into trust for Indian tribes is under attack.

The Supreme Court’s decision in Carcieri v. Salazar was the first broad stroke challenging DOI’s land into trust authority by reinterpreting the language of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. Recently, the Supreme Court’s decision in Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band v. Patchak held that the Quiet Title Act does not protect Indian lands held in trust, and any disgruntled neighbor may retroactively challenge the trust status of tribal lands. Together we must urge Congress to restore and protect DOI’s authority to take land into trust for all federally recognized Indian tribes.

Tribal governments must be treated with parity in all areas of tax policy.

The Constitution recognizes tribal governments; and tribes have responsibility to provide a broad range of governmental services: education, health, public safety, and transportation. Tribal governments need respect for authority to raise tax revenue free from overlapping state taxation, to create incentives for business and jobs, to access to government financing tools, and to make decisions regarding their citizens’ needs. Tribal priorities include the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act, H.R. 3043 and S. 1507; the Marketplace Fairness Act (tax parity on sales taxes), S. 743; and the Tribal Tax & Investment Reform Act, H.R. 3030.

Ensure that Native Americans Have the Right to Vote

Last year the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision struck down the “preclearance” process for states with a history of voting discrimination – including several states with large native populations. New legislation is in development by the Department of Justice to empower tribal governments to provide registration and ballot locations on Indian lands, and now is the time to start talking to Congress.

Housing and Transportation and the Special Diabetes Program

Please plan to attend this gathering to support these important tribal initiatives. For updated information please see the NCAI website at

NCAI Contact: Denise Desiderio, Policy Director,