NACA Blog


The ENLS Impact: Catching Up with Participants

NACA caught up with a 2016 Emerging Native Leaders Summit (ENLS) participant to truly find out if the workshop had any effect on their professional career. Mikaela Downes was able to provide great feedback as to what she learned from ENLS and the training supported her professionally. ENLS will take place this year, July 18-20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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“The Emerging Native Leaders Summit is a great experience for an aspiring Native leader. If it’s their first time to DC, the summit offers an orientation to the history, government relations protocol, and culture of the city. It also gives students inspiration and confidence to work in our nation’s capital.” -Victoria Kitcheyan

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Native Leaders Reflect On ENLS

NACA’s goal is not only to support its members in the challenges they face today, but also to prepare their communities for success in the future. This year the Summit will be held in Washington, DC on August 16-18, 2016. The program includes a mix of learning about business and advocacy, helping participants think full circle about the business process, including the role congress plays in a native communities success.

“I was able to see where other tribes were finding their niche in business and then I was able to see where my tribe could go.” – Christopher Munoz

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NACA Midwest Tour

Over a 10 day drive, NACA Executive Director, Michael Anderson, toured the midwest visiting with five different NACA member tribes across three states. NACA took a first hand look at the amazing work these companies are providing for their communities through 8a contracting.

Each location had something to offer in terms of their rich culture, resources, business model, and vision.

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Real 8(a) Contract Opportunities Being Lost, Who’s Paying Attention?

Did you know that Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) and 8(a) contract bundling are having immediate negative impacts to Native 8(a) Businesses and small businesses across the country? These policies have resulted in the loss of contract opportunities and real revenue for small businesses, undermining the intention of the 8a program.

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2016 NACA Outreach Summit

From March 9-10, NACA Members from across the country flew into DC to advocate key policy issues to legislators, federal agencies, and attend an oral argument in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Watch the Prezi below to see how NACA members come together to make positive change for our Native Corporations. *Please note the presentation below is accompanied with... read more

NACA Travels to the National 8(a) Conference: finds advocacy opportunities and strengthens a partnership

The Native American Contractors Association (NACA), along with several other NACA Members, traveled to the National 8(a) Annual Conference in Orlando on February 9-10, 2016. The Conference brought together important speakers, topics, and several SBA 8(a) Business Development Program participants from around the country. National 8(a) President, Ron Perry, took time during the Conference to meet with NACA Executive Director, Mike Anderson, and other NACA Members to discuss the importance of Native 8(a) Contractors and how NACA and National 8(a) can work together in the future

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NACA 2016 Vision

Want to know what NACA is working on and has to offer for 2016? or thinking about becoming a member? Read here to get an overview of NACA’s legislative priorities and and learn about what NACA provides to its members.

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NACA2015 Registration Now Open

WHAT NACA IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR 3RD ANNUAL B2B CONFERENCE & EXPO! WHEN NOVEMBER 17-19, 2015 WHERE THE RINCON BAND OF LUISEÑO INDIANS HARRAH’S SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RESORT SAN DIEGO,... read more

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... read more

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... read more