Since 2002, Mark Macarro has led the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians as tribal chairman. Over the years, Mark Macarro has held leadership positions in other organizations, such as the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), a nonprofit group that works to improve the lives and protect the rights of Native people.
NCAI oversees several informational and educational campaigns that aim to encourage tribal citizens to take an active role in their communities. Since NCAI was founded over 70 years ago, it has worked to protect voting rights for Native Americans and involve more community members in the voting process.
Today, NCAI continues this work through Native Vote, a nonpartisan national campaign that educates American Indians about candidates and ballot measures and oversees voter registration activities. Native Vote also educates voters about their rights and collects data about the voting patterns of Native people. Currently, Native Vote participants across the country are hard at work educating community members and preparing them for the upcoming November 2016 election.