One of NLC’s six constituency groups, Local Indigenous Leaders (LIL) brings together Indigenous municipal leaders to network and share best practices.

Established within NLC in 2023, Local Indigenous Leaders is a caucus that provides municipal officials who identify and ally with Indigenous Peoples to connect with their colleagues, share ideas, and develop leadership experience. LIL also works within NLC to uplift the perspectives of Indigenous communities and educate the greater organization on historical and current issues facing Indigenous and Tribal communities.

LIL serves as a vehicle for members to discuss challenges and explore solutions, debate policy issues and contribute to the success of American cities, towns, and villages.

LIL Membership Details

LIL welcomes new members at any time throughout the year. The Leadership Circle is elected every two years at NLC’s City Summit by the group’s membership. The group typically meets in person at the Congressional City Conference and City Summit. Additionally, LIL hosts a variety of webinars and programs throughout the year. Some events, like dinners and receptions, require a nominal activity participation fee.  

There is no extra cost for NLC members to join LIL; non-members pay $75 supporting member dues per year.  


Join LIL

Become a member of the Local Indigenous Leaders. Click ‘Join Now’ to complete an application through the MyNLC portal.

About NLC Constituency Groups

NLC Constituency Groups give local officials space to express themselves and advocate for the needs of their community. They reflect the diverse interests and backgrounds of NLC members and contribute to leadership development, policy, formulation, advocacy, and program activities.