The NCAC is a grassroots organization of Numic speaking people brought together by a common need to address the adverse human health impacts known to be plausible from exposure to ionizing radiation in fallout released from the Nevada National Security Site (Formerly the Nevada Test Site) from testing of weapons of mass destruction.
The NCAC was organized in 1993 to investigate impacts affecting the land and people downwind.
The Nuclear Risk Management for Native Communities Project investigated the adverse health consequences experienced by the Shoshone and Paiute.
The NCAC operated as a project of another non-profit in collaboration with research scientists, the Nuclear Risk Management for Native Communities (NRMNC) project, received federal funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and private donors.
The NRMNC project was expanded to include 13 Shoshone-Paiute downwind communities and in 2000 sought to formalize the organization’s governing infrastructure by adopting formal articles of incorporation, non-profit incorporation in the State of Nevada and IRS 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status.