An accomplished Native American political leader, Mark Macarro currently serves as the tribal chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians in Temecula, California. Active on the national level as well, Mark Macarro plays an active role in several organizations, including the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).
Established in 1944, the NCAI is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of life for native communities and individuals by protecting and promoting their sovereign rights as well as their traditional laws, cultures, and activities. As an intertribal political organization, the NCAI has played an important role in ensuring that all native peoples are represented and supported by appropriate legislation and beneficial programs and services.
As part of its efforts, the NCAI strives to give native youth the tools and resources needed to be successful, productive members of their communities. Currently, the organization is working to establish the National Native Youth Training Collaborative, which seeks to increase the number of American Indian and Alaska Native youth who are equipped with the skills and abilities required of national and tribal leaders. In pursuit of this mission, the collaborative will build participants’ financial literacy and political knowledge while working in partnership with policymakers and researchers in charge of developing the policies and practices that affect native youth.