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We Are Membership Driven

NCAI is a membership-driven organization. Our membership is a strong representation of the many nations, villages, communities, and individuals that constitute the whole of Indian Country.

The organization engages in both legislative and administrative advocacy on behalf of its membership. Moreover, the NCAI strives to ensure that all member tribes and individuals are informed and educated about all such issues affecting the well-being of Indian nations.

NCAI membership is made up of tribes and individuals who have met the eligibility criteria and paid dues as outlined in the Article III of the NCAI By-Laws.

Members are determined to be in good standing upon full payment of dues and having fulfilled the requirements of the Credentials Committee.


Membership Categories & Benefits

NCAI’s membership consists of six categories:

1. Tribal Membership

Recognized as a tribe or other identifiable group of American Indians by the Department of the Interior, Court of Claims, the Indian Claims Commission or a State.

Detailed information on Tribal Membership benefits and dues
 

2. Individual Indian Membership
Recognized as a member by an Indian tribe or band, or combination of tribes and bands, recognized by the Department of the Interior, the Indian Claims Commission, Court of Claims, or a State.

Benefits: One Vote, NCAI Broadcasts and Alerts sent to One E-Mail - OR - to One Fax Number,The Sentinel, and Reduced Conferences Rates.

Dues: Membership Dues - Individual Indian [Voting] - $40.00

Any person of Indian and/or Alaska Native ancestry in the United States is eligible for individual membership. For the purpose of this section, an Indian is a person who is recognized as a member by an Indian tribe, or band, or combination of tribes and bands recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Indian Claims Commission, Court of Claims, or a State.


3. Individual Associate Membership
Individuals that do not qualify for membership for lack of Indian ancestry. Non-Indian applicants are admitted as non-voting associate members.

Benefits: Non-Voting, NCAI Broadcasts and Alerts sent to One E-Mail - OR - to One Fax Number, The Sentinel, and Reduced Conference Rates.

Dues: Membership Dues - Individual Indian [Non-Voting] - $40.00


4. Individual Indian Lifetime Membership
Recognized as a member by an Indian tribe or band, or combination of tribes and bands, recognized by the Department of the Interior, the Indian Claims Commission, Court of Claims, or a State.

Benefits: Lifetime Voting, NCAI Broadcasts and Alerts sent to One E-Mail - OR - to One Fax Number, The Sentinel, Reduced Conference Rates and a Lifetime Membership Card

Dues: Individual Indian Lifetime [Voting] - $1000.00


5. Individual Associate Lifetime Membership
Individuals that do not qualify for membership for lack of Indian ancestry. Non-Indian applicants are admitted as non-voting associate members.

Benefits: Non-Voting, NCAI Broadcasts and Alerts sent to One E-Mail - OR - to One Fax Number, The Sentinel, Reduced Conference Rates and a Lifetime Membership Card

Dues: Individual Associate Lifetime [Non-Voting] - $1000.00


6. Associate Organization Membership
Organizations have the same rights and privileges afforded to Individual Associate members.

Benefits: Associate Organization Member (Non-Voting, NCAI Broadcasts and Alerts sent to Two E-Mails - OR - to One Fax Number and The Sentinel)

Associate Organization [Non-Voting] - $500.00


Details About Membership Dues
Pursuant to the National Congress of American Indians By-Laws, Article III – Members, Section C - Dues: “Annual membership dues shall be due and payable at the Annual Convention of each year for the following year until the next Annual Convention …”

 
FAQs
about membership

Q. Do I need to pay for an individual membership if my Tribe or Organization is already a member?

A. Yes, Tribal or Organizational memberships' do not cover individuals of the Tribe or Organization.

 

Q. When do I need to renew my individual and Tribal membership?

A. The current membership cycle started September 1st of 2016 and will end October 31st of 2017.

 

Q. What do I need to do to be credentialed as a delegate or an alternate representative for my Tribe?

A. You must have;

1) submitted a current resolution that lists you as the delegate or an alternate representative for your Tribe.

2) paid your Tribal membership dues for the current membership cycle.

3) paid your individual membership dues for the current membership cycle.

4) have paid meeting registration fees for the current conference.

 

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