On January 22, President Brian Cladoosby of the National Congress of American Indians addressed members of Congress, senior Administration officials, leaders of tribal nations, and Native youth during the 2015 State of Indian Nations Address. President Cladoosby focused his speech around improving economic opportunity, education and innovation in Indian Country.
“Today, I bring a simple message from the tribes of the 21st Century: We must tear down barriers to growth, simplify regulations that are limiting opportunities, and acknowledge that tribes have the capability as governments to oversee our own affairs,” said Cladoosby during the address delivered to a studio audience at the Newseum in Washington, DC.
During the address, Cladoosby outlined a clear plan and top-level priorities for Congress and the Administration that could garner bipartisanship support. These policies include: tax reform, technology Access, energy reform, and education reform. Furthermore, President Cladoosby called on Congress and the Administration to ensure that tribal nations have a seat at the policymaking table and are consulted on all policy issues.
We were excited to participate and hear from President Cladoosby and came away feeling empowered and inspired to continue working to improve the health, safety, and overall well-being of Native Youth.