NCAI President Jefferson Keel to Deliver 9th Annual State of Indian Nations Address Friday, January 29, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON—January 21, 2010—The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Jefferson Keel will deliver the 9th annual State of Indian Nations address on Friday, January 29, 2010 from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The speech will coincide with the release of President Barack Obama’s budget.

Themes will include: Indian Country’s priorities for the 111th Congress and the Obama Administration; economic development; jobs for Native Americans; and the roles for tribal governments in our economy and society.

WHO:  NCAI President Jefferson Keel

WHAT:  State of Indian Nations Address

WHEN:  Friday, January 29, 2010, 9:30 a.m. EST

WHERE:  National Press Club – Ballroom
14th & F Streets, NW, Washington, D.C.
(map & parking)

The speech will also be broadcast live at www.ncai.org. We advise that you log on to the site at least five minutes before the scheduled address. It will also be carried on a number of Native radio stations. Please check your local listings. A mult box will be available for members of the press.

For more information or to RSVP contact Annarae Steele at 202-466-7767 or asteele@ncai.org

Published by Traci L. Morris

Dr. Morris, the Director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Under her leadership, the AIPI has grown and diversified its service to Indian Country via an MOU formalizing a long-standing partnership with the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) and forming the Tribal Economic Leadership Program offering training in Tribal Economic Governance and Tribal Financial Management; access to Entrepreneurship training and tribal business support through Inno-Nations; and Economic Development Consulting; and, the formalization of the Institute via by-laws and an advisory board comprised of both internal ASU leadership and external tribal and non-tribal leadership. In her work at both ASU and prior, Morris has worked with Native American tribes; Tribal businesses; Native American non-profits; Native media makers, artists, and galleries; written a college-accredited curriculum in Native American new media; and has advocated for digital inclusion at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill. Morris’s research and publications on Native American media and the digital divide is focused on Internet use, digital inclusion, network neutrality, digital and new media curriculums, digital inclusion and development of broadband networks in Indian Country. Her book, Native American Voices: A Reader, continues to be a primary teaching tool in colleges throughout the country. Dr. Morris is Affiliated Faculty at ASU's School for the Future of Innovation in Society, an Affiliate of ASU's Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, a Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, President of the Board of the Phoenix Indian Center, Board member of the Arizona American Indian Chamber of Commerce, and on the Advisory Council of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums. Formerly, Morris served member of the Advisory Board for the Department of Labor's Native American Employment and Training Council and served a two-year appointment (2014-2016 and 2010-2012) on the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee. As an entrepreneur prior to her ASU appointment, Morris founded Homahota Consulting LLC, a national Native American woman-owned professional services firm working in policy analysis, telecommunications, education, and research assisting tribes in their nation-building efforts and working with Native Nations, tribal businesses and those businesses working with tribes. Morris has an M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona’s American Indian Studies, in addition to a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Colorado State University.

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