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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

LetterSep 12, 2016 - 11:15am

Letter Supporting S. 1579, the "Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act"

Letter Supporting S. 1579, the "Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act"

Op EdSep 07, 2016 - 2:00pm

Economic growth and free enterprise for Indian Country

The Hill By Daniel MahoneyThe number of days Congress is in session before Election Day is dwindling, but there is still time for Congress to act on legislation important to Indian Country.

LetterJul 13, 2016 - 8:30am

Letter on Fiscal Year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

This letter regarding the FY17 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill was sent to all Members of the House Committee on Appropriations.

LetterJul 11, 2016 - 2:00pm

Letter on H.R. 4943, the "Tribal Tax and Investment Reform Act of 2016"

This letter supporting H.R. 4943, the "Tribal Tax and Investment Reform Act of 2016,” was sent to Reps. Kind and Lynn Jenkins, as well as all members of the Committees on Ways and Means and Education and the Workforce.

LetterJul 06, 2016 - 5:45pm

Letter to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Fiscal Year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

This letter regarding the FY17 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill was sent to all Members of the House Appropriations LHHS Subcommittee.

LetterJun 27, 2016 - 2:00pm

Letter on S. 248, the "Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015"

This letter regarding S. 248, the “Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015,” was sent to all Members of the United States Senate.

LetterJun 15, 2016 - 1:30pm

Coalition Letter Supporting H.R. 3080, the "Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act"

This coalition letter supporting H.R. 3080, the “Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act,” was sent to all Members of the House Committee on Ways and Means.

LetterJun 13, 2016 - 5:30pm

Letters to House and Senate Committees on Fiscal Year 2017 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

These letters regarding the FY17 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill was sent to all Members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, to all Members of the House Committee on Appropriations and to all Members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

LetterJun 06, 2016 - 11:45am

Coalition Letter Supporting Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017

This coalition letter supporting including the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act as an amendment to the FY17 NDAA was sent to all Members of the United States Senate.

LetterMay 25, 2016 - 2:00pm

Letter on S. 2943, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017"

This letter regarding S. 2943, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017,” was sent to all Members of the United States Senate.