Thousands of Native American tribal members will be in Oklahoma starting this weekend to discuss revitalizing languages, combating violence against women, protecting sacred sites and other topics.
The tribal members will be in Tulsa for the 70th annual National Congress of the American Indian convention. Among the scheduled speakers during the six-day convention are Attorney General Eric Holder, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn and leaders of various tribes across the nation.
Diane Kelly works for the Cherokee Nation and is a past secretary for NCAI. She also served as chair of the local planning group for this year's convention. She says it's fitting that the 70th annual convention is being held in Oklahoma, because many tribes in the state were instrumental in NCAI's founding.
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