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

LetterFeb 08, 2017 - 11:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter Supporting S. 63, the "Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017," and S. 245, the "Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017"

This letter supporting S. 63, the “Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017,” and S. 245, the “Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017,” was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

LetterFeb 07, 2017 - 3:00pm

Coalition Letter Supporting S. 63, the "Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017"

This letter was sent to the members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on behalf of the Coalition for Tribal Sovereignty in support of S. 63, the “Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017.”

LetterNov 16, 2016 - 11:45am

Coalition Letter Supporting the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in the Senate

This coalition letter supporting passage of H.R. 511, the “Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015,” in the Senate was sent to all Members of the Senate.

LetterNov 15, 2016 - 10:15am

Economic Development in Indian Country and the 114th Congress

This letter regarding the remaining priorities for economic development in Indian Country in the 114th Congress was sent to all Members of the Congress.

LetterSep 21, 2016 - 10:45am

Letter Supporting S. 3234, the "Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2016"

Letter sent to Senate Committee on Indian Affairs supporting S. 3234, the "Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2016"

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 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.