Native American Enterprise Initiative

The Native American Enterprise Initiative seeks to build on the Chamber’s record of success and advocacy by focusing on the crucial economic issues confronting tribal business entities and Native American-owned enterprises.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. As part of its efforts to reflect the rich and diverse nature of the American economy, in 2012 the Chamber officially launched the Native American Enterprise Initiative (NAEI) to promote the interests and agenda of tribes and tribal entrepreneurs.

NAEI seeks to build on the Chamber’s record of success and advocacy by focusing on the crucial economic issues confronting tribally owned businesses and Native American-owned enterprises.

This work is well under way. In 2013, the Initiative brought greater scrutiny to the contract support cost debate—resulting in a reversal of the administration’s intentions on the matter and a victory for Indian Country. And in 2014, NAEI successfully lobbied for the passage, and ultimately the enactment, of the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act (PL 113–168).

In 2015, NAEI founded the Coalition for Tribal Sovereignty, a coalition of more than 150 tribes and tribal organizations, to message Congress on issues of importance to Indian Country. To date, the coalition has messaged on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (which seeks parity of treatment for tribal sovereigns relative to labor under the National Labor Relations Act [NLRA]) as well as a Carcieri fix. With the support of the NAEI Leadership Council, the Chamber has been instrumental in keeping the debate on these two critical issues alive and moving forward in Congress. In November 2015, the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act passed the House with bipartisan support.

2016 saw the enactment of two NAEI legislative priorities.  In June the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act (PL 114-178) was enacted, and in September the NATIVE Act (PL 114-221) was signed into law after NAEI’s direct engagement on amending the bill as introduced in the Senate.

In addition, the Chamber has filed amicus briefs in support of tribal interests before the Supreme Court, resulting in significant victories in the Court, and is actively pursuing solutions to energy, environmental, taxation, labor, and land into trust issues in Congress.

 

For more information please contact Dan Mahoney at dmahoney@uschamber.com.

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Recent Activity

Letters to CongressApr 25, 2019 - 11:00am

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act Letter to the Committee on Indian Affairs

This letter was sent to Chairman Hoeven and Vice Chairman, Udall regarding the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2019.

Letters to CongressApr 09, 2019 - 3:30pm

Letter to the Committee on Natural Resources on H.R. 375 and the Carcieri decision

Letter to the ranking members of the Committee on Natural Resources urging them to mark up and report the Carcieri decision and H.R. 375 expeditiously.

Letters to CongressNov 29, 2018 - 2:45pm

S. 245, "Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017"

This letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives in support of S. 245, "Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017.”

Letters to CongressNov 14, 2018 - 1:15pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce - S. 245, "Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017"

This letter was sent to the members of the House Committee on Natural Resources, supporting S. 245, the "Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017."

Letters to CongressMay 08, 2018 - 11:30am

Tara Sweeney for Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs

May 8, 2018 The Honorable John Hoeven ChairmanCommittee on Indian AffairsUnited States SenateWashington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Tom UdallVice ChairmanCommittee on Indian Affairs United States SenateWashington, D.C. 20510  Dear Chairman Hoeven and Vice Chairman Udall:

Letters to CongressApr 16, 2018 - 12:00pm

S. 140 - Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act Coalition Letter

April 16, 2018 TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE:

Letters to CongressApr 16, 2018 - 10:30am

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Letter Supporting S. 140, "Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act"

The U.S. Chamber strongly supports S. 140, which includes the “Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017” (TLSA) as a provision. The Chamber urges support of S. 140, and will consider including votes on, or in relation to, this bill in the Chamber's annual How They Voted scorecard.

Letters to CongressJan 10, 2018 - 9:30am

Coalition Letter Supporting Full House Passage of the "Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act"

January 10, 2018 To the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives:

Letters to CongressJan 10, 2018 - 9:00am

Key Vote Alert! Letter Supporting S. 140, which includes as a provision the "Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act"

The U.S. Chamber strongly supports S. 140, which includes the “Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017” (TLSA), as a provision.

Letters to CongressOct 17, 2017 - 4:00pm

The nomination of Tara Sweeney as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of Interior

This letter was sent to the members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in support of the nomination of Tara Sweeney to be Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of Interior, and urging the Committee to swiftly consider her nomination.