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Head of Nation's Top Native Advocacy Group Will Resign Over Handling of Harassment Allegations


February 21, 2019

The National Congress of American Indians announced Wednesday that Executive Director Jacqueline Pata will resign—but not right away—over her handling of misconduct allegations against another top official.

Pata, a citizen of the Tlingit and Haida Tribes, was placed on leave in October after John Dossett, a non-Native lawyer, was fired from his post as NCAI’s general counsel following multiple allegations of verbal and sexual harassment. Despite the disturbing details spurring her suspension and resignation, Pata will be allowed to continue running NCAI until her successor is named, the organization said in a statement sent to reporters.


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