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...
Save the Date! NACA2015 is on the way!

Save the Date! NACA2015 is on the way!

SAVE THE DATE! NACA2015 B2B Conference & Expo  | November 17-19, 2015 San Diego, California | Harrah’s Resort Southern California NACA is excited to announce our Save the Date for the upcoming NACA2015 Conference & Expo. Registration will be live soon! Make sure to mark down your calendars for November 17-19, 2015! Keep up-to-date with NACA on Facebook & Twitter in coming weeks for more exciting announcements and conference...
NACA Welcomes New Executive Director

NACA Welcomes New Executive Director

WASHINGTON DC – April 27, 2015: The Native American Contractors Association (NACA) Board of Directors is excited to announce that Michael “Keawe” Anderson has been hired as the NACA Executive Director. The selection process for the incoming NACA Executive Director reached across the national stage and garnered a strong pool of candidates.  After an extensive interview process, the NACA Board of Directors selected Mr. Anderson to lead NACA and further its mission of serving its Members. Mr. Anderson is a Native Hawaiian, born and raised on Maui.  A retired Air Force colonel, he brings valuable leadership experience to help guide NACA and its Members in protecting and advancing our priorities with Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies.  After retirement, he was selected as the Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Don Young (R-AK) where he developed national level policies and programs, and managed successful campaigns. Following his work on Capitol Hill, Mr. Anderson worked for Chugach Alaska Corporation where he gained first-hand experience with the opportunities and challenges facing community-owned small businesses in the federal marketplace as president of a Native 8(a) subsidiary.  He later became their Washington, D.C. business development and marketing representative, facilitating relationships with federal agencies, associations, and businesses in the region.  He culminated his experience in government contracting serving as Chugach’s government relations director where he worked with NACA to advocate for Native economic and business development interests and priorities on Capitol Hill. “I am humbled for this opportunity to serve NACA Members as we unite in our passion to protect, advocate, and advance Native contracting and continue to provide quality products and services to our Federal customers,” said Mr. Anderson.  “This is...
NACA Applauds Senator Tester & Congressman Young Support of Native Federal Contractors

NACA Applauds Senator Tester & Congressman Young Support of Native Federal Contractors

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). Related Links: Press Release: Tester Pushes To Eliminate Unnecessary Hurdles for Native American Companies Senate Letter to Defense Secretary: Letter to Secretary Ash Carter (Senate) House Letter to Defense Secretary: Letter to Secretary Ash Carter...
Native American Contractors Association and National Association of Surety Bond Producers Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Native American Contractors Association and National Association of Surety Bond Producers Sign Memorandum of Understanding

WASHINGTON, DC (September 11, 2014) — Today, the Native American Contractors Association and National Association of Surety Bond Producers signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations. In an effort to increase awareness by Native business enterprise of the benefits afforded them through surety credit relationships, the leadership of NACA and NASBP came together in early 2014 to build a report between not only their respective membership, but also the communities at large. Historically underserved, Native businesses increasingly are pursuing contracting opportunities that require surety bonds and are interested in the best ways to qualify for such bonds in Indian Country. “Partnerships from all sectors are vital to economic development in Indian Country,” said NACA Executive Director Kevin J. Allis. “It’s through building relationships with organizations like NASBP that both sides can learn the intricacies of one another’s industries, and find the appropriate solutions for both parties.” The formal MOU signing occurred at the NACA Capitol Hill headquarters office today in Washington, DC, with leadership from both organizations in attendance. “We are looking forward to beginning a long standing relationship with Indian Country through our partnership with NACA,” said NASBP CEO Mark H. McCallum. “Business diversity is imperative to the future growth of the American economy, and Native businesses are part of that growth.” NASBP joins a sophisticated group of organizations looking toward the future economic development in the United States. Over the past year, NACA has actively developed working relationships with American Indian Chambers of Commerce in California, Arizona and South Carolina, and have standing MOUs with U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., Native...