National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) records – Constitutions, By-laws, Organization
About the Project
Help us transcribe “Constitutions, By-laws, Organization” (Box 1, Folder 4) from the Records of the National Congress of American Indians. These documents are part of NCAI’s founding documentation which can be found in Series 1: Conventions and Mid-Year Conferences of the NCAI records.
NCAI was established in 1944 when close to 80 delegates from 50 tribes and associations in 27 states came together in Denver, Colorado to establish the National Congress of American Indians at the Constitutional Convention. Founded in response to the emerging threat of termination, the founding members stressed the need for unity and cooperation among tribal governments and people for the security and protection of treaty and sovereign rights. The Founders also committed to the betterment of the quality of life of Native people. To this day, protecting these inherent and legal rights remains the primary focus of NCAI.