Joe Valandra Appointed as NACA Executive Director

October 11 | Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – October 11, 2019: The Native American Contractors Association (NACA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Joseph Valandra has been appointed to the position of NACA Executive Director.

The selection process for the incoming NACA Executive Director attracted a strong pool of experienced candidates from across the nation. After an extensive interview process, the NACA Board of Directors selected Mr. Valandra to lead NACA and to further its mission of serving its members.

Kimberly TeeHee, NACA Board President, stated, “Joe Valandra brings a wealth of experience from Indian Country as well from leadership within the private and public sectors. The NACA membership will be well-represented with Joe as our new Executive Director.”

NACA’s mission is to protect the rights of Native Americans to create economic development through government contracting as a result of the unique nation-to-nation trust relationship recognized in the Constitution and treaties. Its members proudly serve our federal customers in all 50 states and internationally. NACA is a 501(c)6 trade association.

“Pursuing NACA’s mission benefits all of Indian Country by protecting and expanding the opportunities for Alaska Native Corporations (“ANC”), Native Hawaiian Organizations (“NHO”), and Native American/Tribal corporations engaged in federal contracting,” commented Mr. Valandra. Joe went on to say, “I am excited about the opportunity to champion the goals of NACA’s membership and look forward to forging new alliances and partnerships while strengthening existing ones. NACA has a history of being a vigorous advocate for Tribal sovereignty and economic justice for Indian Country since its establishment over 15 years ago.”


NACA is a national Native advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. and represents Tribal, Alaska Native Corporations, and Native Hawaiian Organizations across the country. The Association seeks to protect the economic self-sufficiency of America’s indigenous peoples.  Our mission strives to protect and expand participation of its members in the SBA 8(a) program. NACA members represent and provide vital benefits for Tribal members, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

Joseph Valandra, a member the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, has more than 35 years of experience supporting Tribal economic development initiatives. He has held executive positions and board member roles on several public and private companies. Joe also formerly served as the Chief of Staff of the National Indian Gaming Commission. He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota Business School and the University of Minnesota Law School. Joe lives in the Washington, DC area with his spouse, Kelly, and their 3 children.

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