For nearly 15 years, Mark Macarro has served as the elected tribal chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in southern California. In addition to his work with the tribe, Mark Macarro has dedicated his time and resources to various Native American advocacy organizations, including the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).
Since 2003, the NCAI has operated its Policy Research Center, a think tank that gathers information and provides tools to help tribal leaders and other members of Native American groups improve their communities. In addition to conducting research focused on priorities such as natural resources, tribal labor, and wellness, the Research Center oversees the Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum, which brings together community thought leaders to discuss various issues.
In 2017, the Forum will be held at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, on June 14. The scholars who will present at the event have yet to be selected, but the program will focus on the investments in environmental programs, the workforce, systems, and other types of initiatives that tribal leaders can make to maintain sovereignty. The Forum will also discuss the important role that research and data play in building value-based communities. For more information, visit www.ncai.org.
Mark Macarro has been the Tribal Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians for 14 years.