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Native American Contractors Association hosts virtual conference
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Note: Post updated with fuller agenda.

The Native American Contractors Association is hosting its annual Federal Contracting Policy and Advocacy Conference this week.

The two-day event kicks off on Wednesday afternoon. The virtual event features presentations from officials from President Joe Biden’s administration, key members of Congress, including the two tribally-enrolled Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as leaders of several Indian Country organizations.

February 17, 2021 (All Times Eastern)
3:00 pm
Opening Prayer
Wizipan Little Elk, Rosebud Sioux Tribe

3:05 pm
Call to Order
Introduction of Board of Directors – Welcome Remarks
Annette Hamilton, President, NACA

3:15 pm
Welcome Remarks and Membership Update
Including EIS update & Review of election process and Bylaws
Joe Valandra, Executive Director, NACA

3:30 pm
Native American Contractors Association History
Sheri Buretta, NACA Board Member
Chris McNeil, Native Strategy Group (former CEO Sealaska)
Lance Morgan, CEO, Ho-Chunk, Inc.

4:00 pm
Cotia Haia
Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Mazie Hirono, member of Senate Armed Services and Small Business Committees

4:15 pm
Eric Bryant
Chief of Staff to Congressman Kweisi Mfume, member of House Small Business Committee

4:25 pm
Legislative Update
8(a) & Native Small Business
Allison Binney – Akin Gump

4:45 pm
Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)
Chair of Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

5:00 pm
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)

5:15 pm
Members of Congress (Via Video)
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico)
Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas)

5:45 pm
Native Organization Panel
Working Together to Strengthen Native Economies – 117th Congress & Biden Administration
Moderator: Joe Valandra, Executive Director, NACA
Derrick Watchman, Chairman of the Board, The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
Dante Desiderio, Executive Director, Native American Finance Officers Association
Amber Schulz-Oliver, Executive Director, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation
Hallie Bissett, Executive Director, Alaska Native Village Corporation Association
Philip Kahue, Vice President, Native Hawaiian Organization Association

Adjourn for the Day

February 18, 2021 (All Times Eastern)
3:00 pm
Welcome Back – Announcement of Board Election Results
Annette Hamilton, President, NACA

3:10 pm
Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nevada)
Member, Senate Small Business Committee

3:15 pm
Dylan Laslovich
Chief of Staff Senator John Tester, Chair of Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

3:25 pm
Communicating with the 117th Congress
NACA Priorities- Cornerstone Government Affairs

3:45 pm
Federal Contracting: Policy Issues for FY 2021
Moderator: Joe Valandra, Executive Director, NACA
Tim “Hoops” Hopper, President , Chugach Government Services
Anthony Lazarski, Cornerstone Government Affairs
CJ Zane, BlankRome Government Relations, LLC

4:30 pm
Congressman Jared Golden
Member, House Armed Services and Small Business Committees (invited)

4:45 pm
Small Business Association
John Klein & Mark Hagedorn

5:00 pm
Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-IL)
Member House Natural Resources Committee

5:15 pm
Contracting Opportunities
Heather Dawn Thompson
Director, Tribal Relations
U.S. Department of Agriculture

5:35 pm
Buy Indian Update and Status
Santiago Almaraz
Acting Director Office of Management Services Indian Health Service

6:30 pm
Closing Remarks and Announcements

NACA advocates on behalf of tribal nations, Alaska Native corporations and Native Hawaiian organizations on issues relevant to federal government contracting.
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