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Matt Gilbert

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8(a) Contracts Seem to Use Natives to Benefit Non-Natives

A year ago, I read a Washington Post article (“Two Worlds: Government Contractors, Alaska Natives”) about how Alaska Natives are being used by management consultants to land multimillion dollar 8(a) government contracts. How the leftover profits are for corporation boards and presidents in their continued lobbying for more the...

Gilbert: An Indian country diary

We Gwich’ins in Arctic Village are located in northern interior Alaska, where our winters reach 30 – 40 degrees below zero. After a day’s work in this climate, I watched “The Motorcycle Diaries” at my grandpa’s house. It is a movie about Che Guevara’s trip through the poverty-stricken communities...