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.

Native American Enterprise Initiative Brochure

Native American Enterprise Initiative Unifying Principles

NAEI Legislative Agenda


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