Today the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will host an event to launch its Native American Enterprise Initiative (NAEI), a new advocacy initiative to promote the interests and agenda of tribes and tribal entrepreneurs across the country. Tribal leaders, business owners, members of Congress and administration officials will come together in Washington D.C. to explain how NAEI will boost opportunities for economic growth and networking for Native American enterprises, as well as promote foreign direct investment on tribal lands and pursue an aggressive advocacy agenda before Congress and the administration in coordination with other Native American advocacy organizations.
Among those in attendance will be: Kevin Washburn, Bureau of Indian Affairs assistant secretary; Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska); Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota); Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska); Rolf Lundberg, the Chamber’s senior vice president for Congressional and Public Affairs.
“Tribes and tribal enterprises across the country face a unique set of economic opportunities and challenges as entrepreneurship and economic diversification in Indian Country continues to grow,” said Lundberg in a statement released Friday. “The U.S. Chamber is launching NAEI to help boost economic growth and job creation by identifying opportunities and advocating for the policies that will help tribes and tribal entrepreneurs succeed. Drawing on the Chamber’s longstanding track record of successful business advocacy, NAEI will provide value to Indian Country by working to remove legislative and regulatory road blocks to their economic success.”
The issues that NAEI’s advocacy will focus include taxation, energy development, trade and economic development, and promoting a sensible regulatory policy. NAEI’s Leadership Council, composed of major tribes and tribal enterprises, will serve as the governing body of the initiative and will further develop policy priorities.
The Chamber announced the creation of the NAEI on Friday. More information is available at http://www.uschamber.com/naei.