The National Caucus of Native American State Legislators (NCNASL) works to promote a better understanding of state-tribal issues among policymakers and the public at large. Caucus members meet annually.
Members hope to encourage a broad awareness of state-tribal issues across the country and raise the profile of tribal issues throughout the state legislative arena.
The effectiveness of the caucus, and the strength of individual Native American legislators, increases the ability of the state legislatures to more appropriately address tribal issues and develop public policy in cooperation with tribal governments.
With 89 members from 21 states, the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators:
- Provides a forum for discussion among Native American legislators.
- Works to increase awareness of diverse Native American cultures.
- Supports state-tribal communications to encourage open dialogue, understanding and cooperation.
- To provide research, training, and educational services to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian state legislators.