NACA Launches Next NACA BD Portal Phase Including State and Local Procurements

NACA Launches Next NACA BD Portal Phase Including State and Local Procurements

WASHINGTON, DC (August 20, 2014)– Last week, the Native American Contractors Association launched State and Local Procurements as the newest feature in its successful NACA Business Development Portal. In early 2014, the NACA team along with its technical partner, BidSpeed, realized a need for state and local procurement opportunities in the NACA BD Portal, thus expanding the reach for NACA Members and growing the earning potential for those small businesses currently utilizing the NACA BD Portal for federal and tribal procurements. “The introduction of state and local procurements in the NACA BD Portal is a revolution in the contracting world,” said NACA Executive Director Kevin Allis. “We are expanding upon a knowledge base and offering more opportunities to our membership, and those small businesses looking to diversify their businesses and grow profit margins in challenging markets.” The first of its kind in Indian Country, the NACA BD Portal rivals some of the biggest business development software tools in federal contracting. Much like other web-based business development tools, the NACA BD Portal is directly integrated with FBO, DIBBS, FPDS-NG, and SBIR/STTR data. However, its cost is only a fraction of the price, at $1500 per year for three seats. With several grants and programs based around the NACA BD Portal, NACA continues to lead the way by providing solutions to the federal procurement budget decline, among many other challenges companies face in today’s current economic climate. Although a common misnomer, the NACA BD Portal serves more than just Native enterprises. All businesses looking to get involved with the contracting industry are highly encouraged to become NACA BD Portal members. Current...
Native American Contractors Association Sponsors Center for Native American Youth Champions for Change; Sends Young Leaders to White House Town Hall

Native American Contractors Association Sponsors Center for Native American Youth Champions for Change; Sends Young Leaders to White House Town Hall

Native American Contractors Association Sponsors Center for Native American Youth Champions for Change; Sends Young Leaders to White House Town Hall WASHINGTON, JULY 24, 2014 – On Monday, July 20, 2014, President Obama announced new commitments to the My Brother’s Keeper initiative and invited four young men from the Center for Native American Youth’s (CNAY) Champions for Change program. With support from the Native American Contractors Association (NACA) these four young men traveled from their tribal communities to attend the event and talk about the priorities they see for young men in tribal communities across the country. “It is an honor and a privilege to support these young people, leading their communities,” said NACA Executive Director Kevin Allis. “We are investing in the future leaders of Indian Country and could not be happier to be a part of this experience that each of them will remember for a lifetime.” The My Brother’s Keeper event featured remarks from the President and dialogue with youth in the audience. CNAY, a policy program at the Aspen Institute created in 2011 by former US Senator and longtime champion of American Indian issues Byron Dorgan, was allowed to select four youth leaders to attend. These youth — who make up our country’s most at-risk population — shared Native American priorities; ensuring Native youth perspectives were included in the discussion with President Obama. Announced earlier this year, My Brother’s Keeper is a White House effort aimed at addressing persistent gaps in opportunity facing young men of color and ensuring that all young people can reach their full potential. “I want to tell the president that...
Native Organizations Stand Unified Against Senator McCaskill and Support the Native 8(a) Program in Alaska Native Communities

Native Organizations Stand Unified Against Senator McCaskill and Support the Native 8(a) Program in Alaska Native Communities

“In a show of unity, organizations across the country reject Senator Claire McCaskill’s (D-MO) continued unwarranted attacks on Native American federal contractors,” said Kevin Allis, Executive Director of the Native American Contractors Association (NACA), and tribal member of the Forest County Potawatomi Community. “Indian Country is unfairly facing a number of cumulative efforts to hamper economic development in our Native communities across the country,” stated Jackie Johnson-Pata, Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians. “Ridiculous attacks on the Native 8(a) Program from Senator McCaskill, restrictions on placing land into trust, and continued assaults on taxation issues targeting Indian Gaming and tobacco sales, have all been extremely damaging to the achievement of self-determination that this nation has promised Indian Country,” stated Johnson-Pata. On Monday, June 30, 2014, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) sent a letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) calling for records on all joint venture Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) contracts and all benefits reports filed by ANCs since the implementation of the March 14, 2011 SBA 8(a) Business Development Program revised rules. In a follow up to the letter Senator McCaskill’s office published a press release on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, stating that the Senator “demanded” answers from the SBA and has introduced legislation to “crack down on waste and abuse in contracting by eliminating the unique government contracting preferences and loopholes for ANCs.”  Senator McCaskill claims that, “ANCs are circumvent[ing] the federal contracting process, and that the benefits were not reaching disadvantaged Alaskan Natives.” “This statement is simply not true,” stated Allis. “Native participation in the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program has been extremely successful in fostering economic development in Indian Country, while providing...
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...