Tribal Council Byrd continues leading role in NCAI
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Tribal Councilor Joe Byrd was recently re-elected to his second term as vice president of the eastern Oklahoma region of the National Congress of American Indians during the annual meeting in Milwaukee.
The NCAI is a collection of Native leaders from across Indian Country elected to work together on issues regarding tribal sovereignty. The group of 28 elected officials representing more than 10 tribes meets annually to discuss policies, goals and needs.
“We all know the National Congress of American Indians brings together Native leaders so we can better speak with a unified voice on issues critical to American Indian and Alaska Native nations,” Byrd said during a speech prior to the election. “As NCAI vice president, I will continue to advocate for tribes and ensure our region is regularly updated on active legislation. I look forward, very much, to working with other tribal leaders on solutions that will ensure a strong future for all of our people.”
Byrd is currently serving his last term as Tribal Council speaker. According the Cherokee Nation’s Constitution, Byrd will be ineligible to run for re-election as the Dist. 2 representative in 2021 because of term limits.