'Friends with benefits'

Former executive of National Congress of American Indians ousted in sexual harassment dispute


September 9, 2022

Dante Desiderio, then serving as Chief Executive Officer of the National Congress of American Indians, appears before a roundtable of the House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth in Washington, D.C., on April 7, 2022. Photo: FairGrowthCmte

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The chief executive officer of the National Congress of American Indians lost his job over his handling of a sexual harassment investigation, according to documents filed in court here.

Dante Desiderio, who was on the job for barely a year, was not the target of investigation, according to a complaint he filed in the nation's capital. Instead, it was the non-Indian attorney he hired as NCAI's general counsel who was accused of making a comment of a sexual nature to a younger woman employee.

Max Muller, according to Desiderio's lawsuit, suggested he become "friends with benefits" to the employee during her first visit to NCAI's headquarters in Washington, D.C.



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