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Monday, October 14, 2013

Contact: Joe Garcia, 505-927-0348

Joe Garcia Launches Campaign for NCAI Presidency

Garcia announces campaign for President of the National Congress of American Indian from Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tulsa, Oklahoma (Monday, October 14, 2013). Joe A. Garcia officially launches his campaign for National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) at 1:00pm on Monday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Garcia is running for a third, non-consecutive term as NCAI President on a platform protecting tribal sovereignty, native language and culture, and the natural environment. Garcia was elected NCAI President for two terms from 2005-2009. "Im running for NCAI President because Im committed to improving the lives of native people throughout the United States. As a candidate and former President I have a track-record of getting things done with all the tribal leaders of NCAI. Garcia said. Garcia is known as one of the strongest advocates of Native issues in New Mexico and throughout the country. Garcia has served as Governor of Ohkay Owingeh, Chairman of the All Indian Pueblo Council and Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council in addition to his leadership as President of NCAI. Currently, Garcia serves as Head Councilman of Ohkay Owingeh and Vice-Chair of the NCAI Albuquerque Area committee. As President, Garcia is committed to: Protecting tribal sovereignty. Maintaining and restoring our unique languages and cultures. Safeguarding our land and environment for future generations. Providing new opportunities for our young people to succeed.

Joe Garcia will be a strong voice for the individual members and tribes that have united to form the National Congress of American Indians. His determination and unwavering leadership will help to move the Congress towards more prosperity in 2014 and beyond. Garcia is married with three children and five grandchildren. He currently resides in his birthplace of Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico. His accomplishments include: Head Tribal Councilman, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (Lifetime) Tribal Government since 1991 (2nd Lt. Gov 1991 & 1993) 3 Terms as Governor of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo NCAI Albuquerque Area Vice (1995-1999 2000-2001 & Current) President NCAI 2 terms (2005-2009) Chairman of All Indian Pueblo Council (2007-2010) Chairman Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council (ENIPC 1995 & 1997) Vice Chairman (ENIPC 1997) Co-Chair of NAHASDA Neg-Reg committee (1997-98) CEO of Misty Lake Consulting company (Currently) Electrical Engineer by Profession (1984 Univ of NM)

The election for NCAI President will take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 17th. Garcia faces George Tiger from Oklahoma, Juana Majel-Dixon from California, Brian Cladoosby from Washington state. Garcia has been endorsed and supported by the following: Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Family, Community and Tribal Council in Ohkay Owingeh Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council Ten Southern Indian Pueblos Council Picuris Pueblo Santo Domingo Pueblo ###