NCAI Names Dr. Yvette Roubideaux as New Director of Policy Research Center

Published on Apr 26, 2017

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Yvette Roubideaux as the new Director of the NCAI Policy Research Center, located at the Embassy of Tribal Nations in Washington, DC. The NCAI Policy Research Center was launched in 2003 as a think tank focused on issues facing tribal communities. The Policy Research Center works with its partners to inform public policy at the tribal, federal, and state levels with quality and timely data.

Dr. Roubideaux is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, and comes to NCAI with an accomplished career reflecting her commitment to the wellness of American Indians and Alaska Natives. After receiving her M.D. and her M.P.H from Harvard University, Dr. Roubideaux focused her career on teaching and research related to health issues and the development of Indian health programs, with an emphasis on diabetes prevention. She has been active for years at the federal level in efforts to increase resources, research, and the quality of services to tribal communities.

“I am grateful and humbled to be selected as the new Policy Research Center director,” said Roubideaux. “I have seen the powerful impact of the work that the Policy Research Center has contributed to Indian Country, and I am excited to be a part of this impressive team.”

The Policy Research Center collects, creates, and distributes the data that helps drive policy and program achievements in Indian Country. “NCAI is fortunate to have the decades of experience and credentials that Dr. Roubideaux brings to her role with the Policy Research Center,” said NCAI President Brian Cladoosby. “With Yvette at NCAI, we will continue to grow our partnerships with tribes, scholars, community partners, and policy makers to create informed advocates and allies.” 


About The National Congress of American Indians:
Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people and rights. For more information visit

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