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.

Today, more than ever, Washington needs to hear the clear voice of the American business community to ensure a balanced policy agenda that keeps our economy growing and puts millions of Americans back to work.

The Native American Enterprise Initiative (NAEI) 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.

This work is well under way. The Chamber 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.

In addition, NAEI successfully lobbied for the passage and ultimately the enactment of the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2014. 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.

 

For more information please contact Dan Mahoney at dmahoney@uschamber.com or Nick Andrews at nandrews@uschamber.com.

Subscribe to NAEI Updates

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 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.