2016 NACA Outreach Summit

2016 NACA Outreach Summit

From March 9-10, NACA Members from across the country flew into DC to advocate key policy issues to legislators, federal agencies, and attend an oral argument in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Watch the Prezi below to see how NACA members come together to make positive change for our Native Corporations. *Please note the presentation below is accompanied with...
NACA Travels to the National 8(a) Conference:  finds advocacy opportunities and strengthens a partnership

NACA Travels to the National 8(a) Conference: finds advocacy opportunities and strengthens a partnership

The Native American Contractors Association (NACA), along with several other NACA Members, traveled to the National 8(a) Annual Conference in Orlando on February 9-10, 2016. The Conference brought together important speakers, topics, and several SBA 8(a) Business Development Program participants from around the country. National 8(a) President, Ron Perry, took time during the Conference to meet with NACA Executive Director, Mike Anderson, and other NACA Members to discuss the importance of Native 8(a) Contractors and how NACA and National 8(a) can work together in the future. The conference proved to be a valuable experience as it provided opportunities for NACA to advocate on important issues with federal agencies and build a growing partnership with National 8(a). Highlights from the Conference:   Kenyatta Wesley, Acting Director, Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Small Business Programs, provided insight into several 8(a) issues affecting NACA’s members. NACA Policy Priority Relevance: NACA will continue to engage with his office on the issues its Members face daily. One of those issues is the loss of contracts set aside to 8(a), which Mr. Wesley explained from a DOD/taxpayer perspective. NACA will be working with Mr. Wesley’s office to provide education on the impact this has to Native Contracting, that depends largely on 8(a) set asides, and the adverse impacts when those contracts are bundled. NACA Policy Priority Relevance: The Dynalantic vs. US Department of Defense issue was raised during a one-on-one discussion with Mr. Wesley. NACA asked that the modeling and simulation NAICS be made available as an 8(a) set aside for small businesses per the settlement agreement.  Kenyatta acknowledged that he had responded “no”...
NACA 2016 Vision

NACA 2016 Vision

  NACA’s Vision for 2016 The NACA team is excited to announce that 2016 is going to be a great year for the Organization. As NACA heads into the new year it will be growing in membership services, advocacy efforts, partnerships, and programs.  Want to know what NACA has to offer for 2016? Advocacy Efforts NACA’s Board of Directors passed 17 policy priorities heading into 2016. NACA staff has a longterm plan to address each of them. The first big advocacy event for 2016 will be the NACA Outreach Summit (read more on this in the Events section below). The NACA Outreach Summit will be focused on the following three policy priorities. For the full list, click here 1.    Advance language that would provide the SBA more authority when a contract is removed from the 8(a) program and create rules prohibiting the bundling of contracts to keep those contracts out of the small business program. 2. Limit the use of Lowest Price/Technically Acceptable (LPTA) contracts to the procurement of standard commercial products and services. 3.  Extend the opportunity for NHOs to qualify for direct awards across all federal agencies, not just the Department of Defense. Member Services Considering becoming a member? Below outlines the major services and support we provide to our NACA members throughout the year.  Educational opportunities: On-site trainings during our regional outreach events. Webinars (up to 4 a month) tailored to Native Business interests and free to members that bring you up to date information on contracting processes, rules and regulations, as well as market trends and analysis.  Communications and Engagement: Monthly Newsletter with rich information including updates on our...

Rothe v. Department Of Defense et al: The Native American Contractors Association Builds A Collation and Files an Amicus Brief to Preserve Sovereign Native Rights Under the Small Business Administrations 8(a) Program

January 28, 2016—Over the past several months, the Native American Contractors Association took on a monumental task and built a coalition of several Native American organizations, associations, sovereign tribal governments, and Native businesses to file an amicus curiae brief in the case of Rothe Development, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Defense on appeal at the D.C. Circuit. NACA’s brief asserts that Native American companies involved in the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program should not be found susceptible to the constitutional challenge brought forth by Rothe. In the current appeal, Rothe seeks to eliminate the 8(a) Program entirely, disregarding the government-to-government relationship the U.S. has with Native Americans. “This relationship is in our Constitution,” noted Michael “Keawe” Anderson, NACA Executive Director.  “Our brief demonstrates a united front in our support for a successful Program that Congress intended as a tool for economic development in our Native American communities.”  Rothe raises unfounded legal arguments that would devastate Native American communities. NACA’s brief points to crucial flaws in Rothe’s allegations, giving a voice to Native American communities and businesses across the country. History has clearly demonstrated that Indigenous communities in the United States have a special legal relationship with the federal government that “furthers the federal policy of Indian self-determination, the United States’ trust responsibility, and the promotion of economic self-sufficiency among Native American communities.” AFGE v. United States, 195 F. Supp. 2d 4, 18 (D.D.C. 2002), aff’d, 330 F.3d 513 (D.C. Cir. 2003).  Numerous court decisions, treaties and the U.S. Constitution affirm this government-to-government relationship, not as a race based relationship, but as an economic and political relationship. The...