Brian Cladoosby, a strong leader in Indian Country and a tireless advocate for Native Americans, currently serves as Chairman of the Swinomish Tribal Community and as the 21st President of the National Congress of American Indians. Chairman Cladoosby also currently serves as President of the Association of Washington Tribes, Executive Board member of the Washington Gaming Association, Co-Speaker of the Coast Salish Gathering (consisting of British Columbia First Nations and Western Washington Tribes), and is a former President of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.
In 2009, Chairman Cladoosby was honored by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and earned the Coast Salish Gathering the Partners in Conservation Award for his contributions to the 2008 Tribal Journey Water Quality Project. In 2010, he was selected from a pool of 571 candidates as one of only twelve tribal leaders to attend the first government-to-government meeting of President Obama’s administration. In 2011, Cladoosby was honored with the American Indian Tribal Leader Award at the Reservation Economic Summit & American Indian Business Trade Fair for his exceptional achievements in the field of tribal economic development.