Senator Mary Kunesh Elected Chair of National Caucus of Native American State Legislators
ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Nov. 10, Senator Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton) was elected by her peers to serve as chair of the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators during a NCNASL business meeting held in Denver, Colorado.
The NCNASL consists of 89 members from 21 states. As chair, Senator Kunesh will act as an advisory body for the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Congress of American Indians on issues that affect Native populations.
“I am so honored to have been chosen by my peers at the national level to lead the work of American Indian legislators across the nation,” said Senator Kunesh. “I look forward to collaborating with state legislators to build upon the network of existing Native legislators, advance legislation to serve diverse and Indian populations at the state level, and elevate those priorities to our Federal partners.”
The NCNASL supports the establishment and maintenance of the state-tribal communication and policy processes to eliminate barriers to achievement of a better quality of life for Native people. The goals and objectives of the NCNASL include:
- Building leadership through discussion, education, and communication among American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian legislators;
- Improving legislative efficiency to amplify the voices of caucus members in their individual state legislatures; and
- Identifying and prioritizing issues for joint advocacy that caucus members may bring before their state legislatures.