December 18, 2023
Washington, D.C.- Twelve leading Native organizations – including the Native American Contractors Association– have joined together to develop companion economic policy briefs focused on concrete steps Congress and the Biden Administration can take to boost tribal economies and Native-owned businesses. The briefs were developed over the course of several months, with input from endorsing organizations that span Indian Country, and shared in November at the National Congress of American Indians Annual Convention and Marketplace in New Orleans.
The focus areas of the briefs include access to capital, tax policy, energy development and land management, infrastructure, agriculture, support for small businesses, and international trade. Each brief details specific legislation, rules, interagency coordination, programs, and other steps needed to help Tribal Nations and Native-owned businesses enhance their economic growth.
The policy briefs, as well as supporting documents, are permanently available on a page on The National Center on American Indian Enterprise Development’s website. They were also featured in a segment aired recently on Marketplace Morning Report.
“Strong and resilient economies are vital to strengthen tribal sovereignty and self-determination. We look forward to working with our partner organizations to advance these shared economic development priorities with Congress and the Biden Administration; speaking with a unified collective voice is important to advance and protect the needs of Native Communities across the country.” Quinton Carroll, Executive Director of the Native American Contractors Association
Signing on to the briefs were:
· Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
· First Peoples Fund
· Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association, Inc.
· Indian Gaming Association
· Intertribal Agriculture Council
· The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
· National Congress of American Indians
· Native American Contractors Association
· Native American Finance Officers Association
· Native CDFI Network
· Native Farm Bill Coalition
· United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc.