The 8th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference is coming up soon!  If you are interested in attending the Conference and surrounding events, it is critical to make your hotel reservations NOW!  On Saturday, September 24 is the opening of the National Museum of  African American Art and Culture on the Mall and it will be a huge event with President  Obama speaking at the opening.   As with the opening of the NMAI, there will be several days of events.    Also on Saturday the 24th is the National Book Festival at the Convention Center which draws about 100,000 people although that might not affect hotel reservations.  These events will cause travel overlap and shortage of in-town hotel rooms.

The 8th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference will be held on September 26-27, 2016 in Washington DC. This will be President Obama’s eighth Tribal Nations Conference, bringing tribal leaders from across the country to interact directly with high-level federal government officials and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs.

NCAI will co-host a Tribal Leaders Preparatory Meeting on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 10:00am-5:00pm. The meeting will be at the Washington Plaza Hotel located at 10 Thomas Cir, NW, Washington, DC 20005.  There will also be a reception following the Conference.

For questions about the White House Tribal Nations Conference itself please go to: 

For a recap of last year’s meeting and to review the 2015 tribal leader’s briefing book, please visit the 2015 Tribal Leaders Conference Event Page on

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It is a big week in the City of Brotherly Love!  Several of our attorneys are attending the Democratic National Convention and taking notes.  Senator Tester (D-MT), Senatory Heinrich (D-NM), Congresswoman McCollum (D-MN), Co-Chair of Native American Caucus, and Congresswoman Torres (D-CA) attended a reception last night co-sponsored by Hobbs Straus.

Let us know if you’d like a recap of the events.  #demsinphilly

On to Day 2!


iStock_000047149936_FullWorking with Law Seminars International, I’ve helped put together a program on how Tribes can effectively use their commercial operations in a way that preserves their tribal sovereignty with respect to Internet consumer protection regulations. The program will take place on August 27th and 28th in Seattle. Every day, Tribes gather personally identifiable information and have a responsibility to protect this information and the digital networks over which it flows.  This very week in fact, a tribal casino reported having been hacked and losing 85,000 credit card numbers.  Every tribal leader, tribal management, attorney and IT professional should understand what it means to operate a business in this new e-era.

By attending this program, Tribal leaders, their attorneys, and IT professionals will gain the knowledge and understanding necessary to begin to undertake essential steps to safeguarding their sovereignty and financial resources.

For registration and information: Tribal Online Consumer Protection, Information Security, and Privacy.

I look forward to seeing you there!



Topics include:

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proposing to amend its 8(a) Business Development (BD) regulations to allow SBA to change the primary NAICS code of an 8(a) Participant where the work performed by that Participant’s revenues have evolved to a NAICS code other than the one designated as its primary NAICS code on the date of program application/entry. This proposed change would directly affect participation in the 8(a) BD program by tribally-owned concerns.
  • SBA is considering formalizing the reporting of benefits by tribally-owned firms. Currently, 13 CFR § 124.604 requires tribally-owned 8(a) Participants to submit information showing how the tribe has provided benefits to Tribal or native members and/or the Tribal or native community due to the participation in the 8(a) BD program. SBA would like to develop a form to be used by all tribally-owned 8(a) Participants in reporting such benefits.

In addition, as part of these consultations, SBA will also accept comments regarding:

  • The proposed rule issued by SBA on December 29, 2014, implementing provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, which primarily pertain to the performance of work/limitations on subcontracting requirements.
  • The proposed rule issued by SBA on February 5, 2015, which would establish a Government-wide mentor-protégé program for all small business concerns, consistent with SBA’s mentor-protégé program for Participants in SBA’s 8(a) BD program, and make other changes to the 8(a) BD program.
  • Other concerns of the Native community.

The following consultations have been scheduled:

Conference Calls:
Dial-in: 1-888-858-2144 / PIN: 8882821#
Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 2:30pm – 3:30pm EST
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST (Hawaii focused)

In Person:
Monday, April 20, 2015, 9:00am – 11:30am CDT
Location:  Hard Rock Tulsa, Sequoyah IV Meeting Room
777 W Cherokee St, Catoosa, OK 74015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 10:30am – 1:00pm AKDT
Location:  Z. J. Loussac Public Library, Assembly Chambers
3600 Denali St, Anchorage, AK 99503