NCAIED Chairman, Derrick Watchman

The New Day Now Rally (NDN) in front of the U.S. Capitol was a huge success, and perhaps the first of its kind in Indian Country. We were joined by Congressman Bennie Thompson (Mississippi), Pamunkey Chief Kevin Brown, Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman Cedric Cromwell, Native dancers, members of the National Center’s Board, and hundreds from across Indian Country to affirm and advance economic development for our people. The rally also served as a kickoff for a jam-packed day on Capitol Hill for conference participants.

At the National Center, we are focused on addressing the stumbling blocks facing the growth of the Native American economy. Those issues must be overcome so we can provide a more sustainable and self-sufficient Indian Country for future generations of Native American people. We are committed to living up to our mission that we mean business for Indian Country. The great amount of support we received for the rally affirmed that we are indeed ready for a new day.


Congressman Bennie Thompson (Mississippi)


NCAIED Vice Chair, Patricia Parker

National Center President and CEO Gary Davis discussed some of the issues facing Indian Country and why it was so important to rally at the Capitol in an op ed published in the DC publication The Hill, as well as several Native American publications.



Chief Kevin Brown of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe