From left: Indian Country Today editor Mark Trahant, Shaun Chapoose, Harold Frazier, Marshall Pierite and Fawn Sharp participate in a presidential debate during the National Congress of American Indians 76th annual convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on October 23, 2019. Photo by Indianz.Com (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico -- Campaign season is in high gear as the National Congress of American Indians continued its 76th annual convention.

The third day of the event, taking place in this city's downtown area, was dominated by nominating and candidate speeches for NCAI's slate of officers -- President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. A record number of tribal leaders are in the race this year, with four in the running for president, three for vice and two for secretary.

The exception was the Treasurer's spot. Only one person -- Clinton Lageson from the Kenaitze Tribe -- stepped forward and he was immediately approved for the post by NCAI's membership.

The day concluded with a presidential debate, the first of its kind in more than a decade. It was hosted by Indian Country Today, which is owned by NCAI but operates independently. Catch up with our social media recap below.

Presidential candidates for the National Congress of American Indians are taking part in a debate at NCAI 2019.

Posted by Kevin Abourezk on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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