Chairman Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Nation, at Evergreen State College Longhouse, 2-26-2014, AGENGA TBA

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Swinomish Tribal Chairman Brian Cladoosby
(Photo by Suzanne Fogarty, Courtesy of Swinomish Tribal Archive)

Brian Cladoosby, Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, was elected to serve as the 21st President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) today in Tulsa, Oklahoma. NCAI, founded in 1944, is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities.

“I am deeply humbled to have been selected to serve tribes around the nation as President of NCAI,” said Cladoosby. “American Indian and Alaska Native communities are each unique with their own histories, cultures, economies and governmental structures. We also share the common goal of providing the best governmental services to our members. I look forward to working with all the amazing tribal leaders across the country to improve the lives of Indian people.”

Cladoosby has served on the Swinomish Indian Senate for 29 years and as the Chairman of the Swinomish Tribe for 17 years. He previously served as President of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, representing 57 tribes in seven Northwest States. He has been the president of the Association of Washington Tribes for more than ten years.

His two-year term begins immediately.

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ABOUT SWINOMISH
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is a federally-recognized Indian Tribe. Its 10,000 acre reservation is located on Fidalgo Island in Washington State.

Contact: Marty Loesch (360) 202-6366

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