Native American Contractors Association Statement on the Passage of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act

December 17 | Press Release


WASHINGTON DC – December 17, 2019: 
Today Congress voted to pass the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The U.S. House passed the NDAA last week. Today the Senate voted by a large bi-partisan majority to send the bill to the President.

The Native American Contractors Association (NACA) wants to recognize the members of Congress who worked with persistence to get the NDAA passed with provisions benefiting Native-owned small businesses. NACA particularly wants to recognize Senators James Inhofe, Dan Sullivan, and Maize Hirono and Representatives Don Young, Tulsi Gabbard, Tom Cole, Kendra Horn, and Deb Haaland.

NACA President, Annette Hamilton stated, “The work of these members of Congress and so many more individuals helped get this important provision included in the NDAA. NACA believes that the provision will increase business opportunities for Native 8(a) contractors and allow NACA members to continue their work enriching their communities with jobs, educational opportunities, dividends, and investments.”

The NDAA authorizes $738 billion in critical defense spending and includes many provisions that impact NACA members. One provision of major importance, introduced by Senators Sullivan and Hirono, will go a long way toward fixing discriminatory contracting requirements that applied only to businesses owned by tribes, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians competing for Department of Defense contracts. For nearly a decade, this contracting requirement, called Section 811 has negatively impacted the ability of Native-owned entities to obtain sole-source contracts with values in excess of $22 million. Section 811 had a large negative impact on Native contractors across the country inhibiting competition with larger contractors and thereby unfairly limiting the benefits Native communities might derive from an expansion of business opportunities.

“Alaska Native Corporations are an integral part of Alaska’s economy,” said Senator Sullivan. “Unfortunately, the restrictions put on these entities, in the midst of a recession in our state, not only negatively impacted Alaska Native corporations and their shareholders, but also the thousands of Alaskans – Native and non-Native – who work for these corporations across the state. Since joining the Senate in 2015, I have worked relentlessly to fix this discriminatory provision. With the support of Native groups across the state, I’ve repeatedly made the case to my colleagues—sometimes in tense debates—that these restrictions unfairly targeted all Native peoples and hurt small business opportunities in Alaska and throughout the country.”

NACA wishes to extend a thanks to all of the NACA members and stakeholders that worked tirelessly over the past almost ten years to amend the provisions of Section 811. This is a milestone of which all supporters of Native 8(a) contractors can look to with pride.

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.”

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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.

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.

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...

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...

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Joe Valandra

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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.”

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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.

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.

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...

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...

NACA Press Releases

Joint Press Releases

 

Media Contact

Joe Valandra

Executive Director, JValandra@nativecontractors.org