NCAI Announces Indian Country Leadership Awards
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Washington, D.C: The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has announced the recipients of their prestigious Indian Country Leadership Awards.
Among the 2011 winners is Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation, who passed away in 2010. In her honor, the NCAI will name their fellowship program, “The Wilma Mankiller Fellowship Program for Tribal Policy and Governance.”
“Unwavering leadership is an important quality of a hero in Indian Country; each of the awardees have proven their commitment through actions, changing Indian Country for generations to come,” said Jefferson Keel, President of NCAI and member of the Chickasaw Nation. “It is a personal honor to be able to posthumously recognize the lasting legacy of Wilma Mankiller. Her example as a tribal citizen and tribal leader is a standard that will live forever.”
The NCAI is America's oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization. Founded in 1944, NCAI advocates for tribal governments and communities, promotes tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promotes understanding among people regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people and rights.
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