WASHINGTON, DC (March 18, 2015) | | In an exciting week, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Representative Don Young (R-AK) championed two letters on Capitol Hill directed to the Defense Secretary Ash Carter urging Carter to complete a study identifying the negative impacts of Section 811 of the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act.
Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) released a statement via his website on Monday in support of Native American federal contractors. Calling Native contracting a “win-win,” Senator Tester made it clear that Indian Country is being negatively affected by “unnecessary hurdles” and that in a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding Defense Department contracts, it was reported that Section 811 led to a reduction in the number of contracts awarded to Native American contractors.
Representative Young, championed the House letter to Secretary Carter joined by his colleagues Representatives Cole (R-OK), Rep. McCollum (D-MN), Mullin (R-OK), Gabbard (D-HI), Lujan-Grisham (D-NM), Kilmer (D-WA), and Cárdenas (D-CA).
“NACA applauds the efforts of Senator Tester and Congressman Young to bring to light the adverse effects of Section 811 on Native American businesses and Native American contractors,” stated Kevin Allis, NACA Executive Director. “We look forward to both the House and Senate continuing to work hard and support this very important issue.”
Senator Tester was joined on the Senate letter by Senators Barrasso (R-WY), Heitkamp (D-ND), Hirono (D-HI), Moran (R-KS), Murkowski (R-AK), Schatz (D-HI), and Sullivan (R-AK).
Senate Letter to Defense Secretary: Letter to Secretary Ash Carter (Senate)
House Letter to Defense Secretary: Letter to Secretary Ash Carter (House)
Native American Contractors Association
Formed in 2003, NACA is a 501(c) 6 trade association located in Washington, D.C. that to advocates on behalf of NACA Members – Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations (ANC), and Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHO) on issues relevant to federal contracting.
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