Mark Macarro has served in leadership with the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians for 25 years, holding the position of tribal chairman since 2002. As part of his current duties, Mark Macarro represents the Pechanga Band in the National Congress of American Indians.
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) recently announced its support of the Department of the Interior’s agreement with the Craig Tribal Association to include a 1.08-acre tract of Alaskan land as part of the federal Indian trust. NCAI president Brian Cladoosby lauded the move as a boon for tribes in Alaska and one that will serve to preserve these areas for the tribe member’s descendants for years to come.
The land in question is home to key governmental areas for the tribe, such as its town hall and courthouse. In his comments, Cladoosby noted that when tribes have authority over their lands, they are better able to police themselves and address public safety issues.