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.
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