Native American Enterprise Initiative
The U.S. Chamber is one of Washington’s most influential advocacy organizations. It is an institution in its own right, having celebrated its 100th anniversary in April 2012. Today, more than ever, Washington needs to hear the voice of the American business community to ensure a balanced policy agenda that keeps our economy growing and puts millions of Americans back to work. 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.
The Native American Enterprise Initiative seeks to build on the Chamber’s record of success and advocacy by focusing on the unique economic issues confronting tribal business entities and Native American-owned enterprises. This work is already under way. The Chamber has already 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, and land into trust issues in Congress. But much more can and should be done.
In Indian Country, a quiet revolution of entrepreneurship and economic diversification continues to expand and provide growing opportunities for tribes and tribal enterprises. At the same time, this renaissance is presenting an increasing set of challenges for tribes and tribal enterprises. NAEI seeks to capture this important opportunity in our nation’s economic future and expand the Chamber’s advocacy to this emerging sector of our economy.
Drawing on the Chambers longstanding track record of successful business advocacy, NAEI will provide value to Indian Country by removing legislative and regulatory road blocks to their economic success.
NAEI was officially launched at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, December 3, 2012. Click here to view the webcast of the event or view event photos in the slideshow below.