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4th Vice President - Profile

Jacqueline Pata serves as the 4th Vice President to the Central Council of the Tlingit-Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Her Tlingit name is Ku Seen and she is a member of the Lukaax.adi clan (Raven/Sockeye) in Haines, Alaska.


She is the Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest and largest American Indian and Alaska Native advocacy organization in the United States. Based in Washington, DC, NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal nation-to-nation policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people, and rights.

Jacqueline has been a member of the Sealaska Board of Directors since 1999 and currently serves as the Vice Chair. Among other positions she holds, she is the Chair of the Native American Advisory Council for Boys & Girls Club of America, serves as a Vice President for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and is a board member for the George Gustave Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York.