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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

NACA On the Hill | July 2014

NACA On the Hill I July 2014: NACA sponsors CNAY; ENLS2014 is a success; Legislative Director Dennis Worden attends White House Conference; External Affairs Ricki McCarroll attends DoD Inspector General Media Advisory, NACA BD Portal launches State & Local procurement... read more

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... read more

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... read more

NACA On the Hill | June 2014

NACA Legislative Director Dennis Worden spoke on a panel at NCAI Mid-Year in Anchorage, Alaska; NACA Board and Staff traveled to Juneau, Alaska by invitation of Sealaska Corporation to attend Celebration and held its bi-monthly NACA Board Meeting; NACA Executive Director presented at Native Nations Event in Anaheim, CA; NACA & NCAIED Partner on Congressional Outreach Summit & RES DC; NACA Board Chair Annette Hamilton presents at RES DC; NACA Executive Director Kevin Allis chairs Native 8a panel at RES DC; NACA Executive Director Kevin Allis testifies before Senate Committee on Indian Affairs during hearing on Indian Country Economic Development. Upcoming events at NACA in July 2014 include NACA Emerging Native Leaders... read more

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.          ... read more