NACA Honors Senator Dan Sullivan with Leadership Award
   
Native American Government Contracting Association Hosts Annual Conference—Elects New Board of Directors  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 26, 2018  
 
Washington, D.C. —On November 13-15, 2018, the Native American Contractors Association (NACA) hosted its  6th Annual Federal Contracting Policy and Advocacy Conference  to numerous attendees, including small business government contractors, federal agency officials, Congressional Members, subject matter expert educators, national organizations, and private practice lawmakers. To kick off the event, President Kimberly Teehee, Cherokee Nation, addressed the attendees, providing an overview of the work of the organization which highlighted NACA’s advocacy efforts, including testifying on Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act” and S. 607 “The Native American Business Incubators Program Act” and securing language in the 2018 NDAA bill that addressed security clearance backlogs and lowest price technically acceptable practices. General sessions offered featured expert speakers and included briefings on the impact of the Mid Term elections, as well as, Small Business Administration (SBA) policy and programming changes. SBA officials and other experts offered recommendations for Tribally-owned, Alaska Native Corporation, and Native Hawaiian owned small businesses to best maneuver these changes. Stakeholders also heard from Department of Defense, Small Business Program leadership on contract programming projections for 2019. General sessions were followed by a stretch of breakout sessions featuring presentations of various topic. 
 
On Wednesday, November 14th, NACA honored Senator Dan Sullivan with the inaugural  2018 Congressional Award for Excellence in Native Contracting  during a congressional luncheon among event attendees. NACA issued the award on behalf of its members, recognizing Senator Sullivan and his staff for the agreements they have been able to secure in support of Native-owned small business enterprises. Senator Sullivan’s work to advance Native contracting is a testament to his industrious efforts to strengthen the national defense. Supporting a strong national defense is one of the key attributes of Native contracting, and NACA is proud to have worked with the Senator on a wide variety of issues of critical importance to Native contractors and the communities it serves. The award was presented by the 2018 NACA Board of Directors and followed with a keynote address provided by the Senator himself.  
 
In conjunction with the event, NACA also organized its annual meeting of membership and board of director elections. Resulting from the elections process, two newly elected directors were appointed to the board. The 2018-2019 NACA Board of Directors are:
In closing, the conference was culminated by a day of on-the-ground outreach and advocacy. NACA took member and non-member advocates to Capitol Hill for a full day of congressional meetings. Advocates met with members of the House and Senate to cover a bi-partisan agenda designed to enhance contracting opportunities for Native-owned small business enterprises, making it possible for them to continue providing U.S. government with great services. 
 
The annual conference is one of three major events hosted by NACA. NACA’s Congressional Outreach Summit will follow in February 2019 and then by the NACA Emerging Native Leaders Summit in July 2019. For more information on NACA and these events, please visit  www.nativecontractors.org
 
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NACA Media Contact: 
Chelsea Fish 
202-758-2676 
 
About the  Native American Contractors Association : NACA is a 501(c)6 trade association located in Washington, D.C. that advocates on behalf of NACA Members – Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations (ANC), and Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHO) on issues relevant to federal contracting. NACA members span the entire United States, and conduct business in all 50 states and internationally. These entities have a strong presence in the federal contracting marketplace as both prime and subcontractors, and provide valuable goods and services to the federal government in nearly every industry code. The net profits these entities derive from providing such goods and services fund important tribal programs designed to safeguard the customs and traditions of Native communities across the country.