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NCAI announces Larry Wright Jr. as new executive director
WASHINGTON – The National
Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is
pleased to announce the selection of Larry
Wright, Jr. (Ponca Tribe of Nebraska) as
its new executive director.
Wright will be responsible for manag-
ing the day-to-day operations of the orga-
nization and creating a strategic pathway
to long-term success for NCAI and the
NCAI Fund. Wright will report directly to
the NCAI Executive Committee.
Wright, a former Tribal chairman of
11 years, has been serving as the acting
executive director at NCAI in addition
to his role as the director of leadership
engagement for the organization.
“NCAI is excited to welcome and
congratulate Larry Wright, Jr. in his new
role within the organization,” said NCAI
President Fawn Sharp. “He is a familiar
face to many after having served as chair-
man of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska for
more than a decade and serving as a board
member of several Tribal organizations
across the country – including NCAI. His
experience advocating on behalf of Tribal
nations coupled with his unique under-
standing of the critical role NCAI plays
to protect and advance Tribal sovereignty
make him the ideal candidate to lead this
Before joining NCAI as a member
of its staff, Wright represented the Great
Plains Region as the area vice president
for the NCAI Executive Committee.
In addition, he served as a board
member for the National Indian Health
Board, as chairman of the Nebraska
Commission on Indian Affairs Board of
Directors and as chairman of the Nebraska
Wright is a military veteran who
brings with him a diverse background in
education, management and entrepreneur-
ship. He previously served as a second-
ary social studies teacher in Lincoln,
Nebraska Public Schools and owned a
general contracting business.
“Larry’s appointment is an example
of the NCAI Executive Committee’s
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thoughtful commitment to building a
strong organization from within and we
are confident that NCAI will benefit from
Larry’s demonstrated history of leadership
and ability to address the needs of Tribal
nations,” said Sharp. “We look forward to
working together to build a stronger, more
responsive organization that will continue
to fiercely defend Tribal sovereignty just
as we have since our inception in 1944.”
Founded in 1944, the National Con-
gress of American Indians (NCAI) is the
oldest, largest and most representative
American Indian and Alaska Native
organization in the United States. NCAI
advocates on behalf of Tribal govern-
ments and communities, promoting strong
policies. NCAI promotes an understand-
ing among the general public regarding
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governments, people and rights. For more
information, visit www.ncai.org.
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022
Siletz, Oregon • 1 p.m.
Call to Order
Approval of Agenda
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Salem Casino Project
Consent Decree Negotiations
Declarations for Tribal Council
Tribal Member Concerns
Elders Council Meeting
The Elders Council will host an in-person/Zoom hybrid meeting on Saturday,
Oct. 8, 2022, at 1 p.m. at the Lincoln City Community Center, 2150 NE Oar Place,
Lincoln City, OR 97367.
If you have questions, please contact the Elders Program at 541-444-8212.