Natives absolutely do deserve benefits under government contracting
policies, but no more than any other socioeconomic group.
the rhetoric consistently articulated in this and every ANC-related
article about the "differences" between ANC's and other companies that
are not tribally-owned (specifically addressing the level of benefit
ANC's provide to their community) is apples and oranges. The size of the
entire tribal community compared to the size of the non-tribal
communities is night and day. Many non-ANC small businesses consistently
participate in corporate social responsibility activities. If someone
were to actually assess the amount of "community dollars and time"
contributed by non-ANC companies, I believe that argument would be squelched
The fact that an ANC company conglomeration rivaling
some of the larger companies in our industry, is still viewed as a
"small business," is unfair and a slap in the face to the other very
hard-working and Patriotic men and women business owners who are not
It is time for parity so small businesses of
every socioeconomic designation can be fairly considered based on their
technical capability, domain knowledge, sense of mission and capacity to
With that said...
While the collective Small
Business Community continues to splinter into their respective corners
(Small, 8(a), SDB, Women, Veteran, Service Disabled Veteran, Alsaka
Native, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, HUBZone,
etc,) the rest of the government sector is picking the proverbial
budgetary carcass clean. We need to remember at the end of the day, we
are all SMALL BUSINESSES
How about that.