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2nd Vice President - Profile

Jacqueline Pata was elected to serve a two-year term as 2nd Vice President on Tlingit & Haida's Executive Council in 2018. Her Tlingit name is Ku.seen and she is a member of the Lukaax.adi clan (Raven/Sockeye) in Haines, Alaska.

Jacqueline 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 D.C., 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. 

As 2nd Vice President, Jacqueline chairs the Tlingit & Haida Addiction Action Committee, serves as an ex-officio member to the Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority, chairs the Governmental Affairs (State and Federal) Committee, and is a member of the Investment and Audit Committees.

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