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Tribal leaders gather in nation's capital amid threat of another shutdown


February 12, 2019

President Jefferson Keel of the National Congress of American Indians addresses the organization's 75th annual convention in Denver, Colorado, on October 22, 2018. Photo: NCAI

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Hundreds of tribal leaders are in the nation's capital for a historic week of events that could end with another government shutdown.

The State of Indian Nations, followed by the winter session of the National Congress of American Indians, are meant to promote the strength of tribal communities and shine a light on the trust and treaty responsibilities of the United States. The presence of the first two Native women in the U.S. House of Representatives also adds a new level of significance to the events, one fueled by a strong sense of hope and purpose.


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