NACA Executive Director Testifies | Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing

NACA Executive Director Testifies | Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing

Yesterday, NACA Executive Director Kevin Allis testified before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs during an Oversight Hearing on “Economic Development: Encouraging Investment in Indian Country.” Allis utilized his time before the Committee in bringing attention to the importance of the Native 8a Program, and called on the Committee to review Section 811 and its impacts on Native communities. Click here for video of the full hearing. See timestamp 47:42 for full NACA testimony.          ...
Native American Contractors Association Supports U.S. Department of Interior on Consideration of Consultation with the Native Hawaiian Community

Native American Contractors Association Supports U.S. Department of Interior on Consideration of Consultation with the Native Hawaiian Community

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2014 — Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) announced its consideration to institute procedures to re-establish a government-to-government relationship between the United States federal government and the Native Hawaiian community. According to a notice issued by DOI, “the Secretary of the Interior is considering whether to propose an administrative rule that would facilitate the reestablishment of a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community…The purpose of this advance notice of proposed rulemaking is to solicit public comments on whether and how the Department of the Interior should facilitate the reestablishment of a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community.” “NACA applauds the effort of our elected leaders, the Administration, and Associations that have advocated for the federal recognition of the Native Hawaiian community. We sincerely hope that this first step moves the needle in the right direction,” said NACA Executive Director Kevin Allis. Since the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893, annexation in 1898, and becoming a territory in 1900, the Native Hawaiian community has been without a governing entity for over 120 years. In recent years the United States government has enacted a number of measures to recognize the Native Hawaiian community, including a 1993 Apology Resolution enacted by Congress, and a joint report in 2000 by the DOI and the Department of Justice that served as a prelude to the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (NHGRA). NHGRA was passed in the House several times; however, it was never considered on the Senate floor. In a GPO report published in 2012, it is stated that, “Native Hawaiians are the only federally-recognized Native...
Native American and African American Community Stand Together Against Racism in Professional Sports

Native American and African American Community Stand Together Against Racism in Professional Sports

Minorities form united front against racism in NBA and NFL sports clubs. WASHINGTON, May 13, 2014 — In the wake of the appalling comments declared by Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, it’s worth noting that the same level of racism, bigotry, and hatred survives in the National Football League (NFL). “It’s commendable that the National Basketball Association (NBA) has responded in a swift and decisive manner. It reflects the respect the league has for all the races, ethnicities, and cultures that are the fabric of this great nation,” stated Kevin Allis, Native American Contractors Association Executive Director. “Now it’s time for the NFL to take the same stance by compelling Dan Snyderto change the name of Washington, D.C.’s football team,” said Allis. For years the Native American community has insisted for the owner of the Washington football club to make such a change. However, he has defiantly resisted such efforts, and has even engaged in disingenuous efforts to sway support in his direction.  Recently, Mr. Snyder created a pool of money that is allegedly designed to assist Native communities. “If you don’t like racism, don’t finance it. If you don’t appreciate being discriminated against, don’t finance it. If you don’t like stupidity, don’t finance it either! After all, money talks…and you-know-what walks,” stated Ron Busby, President of the United States Black Chambers, Inc. “We in the African-American community support the efforts of Native Americans when it comes to racism, and together, we call for members of our respective communities to withhold support for these two leagues until they can both prove their respect to African-Americans and Native Americans,” continued Busby. “Native Americans and African-Americans...