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Pata to step down as executive director of National Congress of American Indians

Feb 22, 2019

National Congress of American Indians executive director Jacqueline Pata speaks during the 2018 Alaska Federation of Natives in Anchorage, Alaska. Pata announced that she would resign as executive director, but would continue to run the organization until a replacement executive director is hired. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KNBA)

The executive director of the National Congress of American Indians announced Tuesday evening that she would resign, Indian Country Today reports.

Jacqueline Pata served as NCAI executive director for about 18 years, before being placed on administrative leave in October following allegations regarding her handling of sexual and workplace harassment reports.

Indian Country Today reports that Pata will continue to run the organization until the next executive director can take office.

Pata serves on the executive council for Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, as well as on the board of directors for Sealaska Corporation, a for-profit Alaska Native corporation.