Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Jacqueline Pata will be a keynote speaker for the ANS annual meeting


On the 9th of January, 2015, the Linguistic Society of America passed a landmark resolution calling for the immediate cessation of the all Native American names, nicknames, logos, and mascots in sport. The resolution is to respect and support the right of individual tribal nations to decide how to protect and celebrate their respective tribal heritages, including their right to control how their names will be used in public spaces.
This coming January, during the ANS annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the American Name Society is pleased to announce that one of our keynote speakers will be the Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), Ms. Jacqueline Pata.
The title of Ms. Pata’s talk is “Reclaiming Identity: Indigenous Stereotypes and Misperceptions”. She will discuss the NCAI’s continuing efforts to ban racist and derogatory names that are still used throughout North America for sporting events.
The keynote speech has been scheduled for Saturday, the 9th of January 2016 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm in Salon 14 of the Marriott Marquis.

Jacqueline Pata (Tlingit) 

Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director

Jacqueline Pata is the Executive Director of NCAI. She is a member of the Raven/Sockeye Clan of the Tlingit Tribe (pronounced – Kling-get) and is the 6th Vice President for the Central Council of the Tlingit-Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. 
Mrs. Pata serves on a variety of national executive boards, including a Vice President for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights,  Board Member for the George Gustave Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian. She is also the Vice Chair of Sealaska Corporation, an Alaska Native regional corporation. In her commitment to American Indian youth development, Pata sits on the Native American Advisory Council for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. 
Prior to joining NCAI in June 2001, Pata served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Previously, Pata served as the Executive Director of the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority headquartered in Juneau, Alaska and she is a former Vice-Chair of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. She served as Chairperson of the National American Indian Housing Council and was appointed to the National Commission on American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Housing. She also has served on the National Community Development Financial Institution Fund Advisory Board, an advisory board to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Among her other activities, prior to her move to Washington, D.C., she is extremely proud of her service for 13 years as Director of a Native Youth Culture Camp held each summer where young people experience and learn traditional values.

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