Native American

BLOG: The Implications of SBA's Proposed Rule Changes for Tribally Owned 8(a) Businesses

January 8, 2020
By Peter B. Ford and Emily J. Rouleau
SBA recently published a proposed rule that would merge its mentor-protégé programs and amend many of its rules governing the 8(a) program. Our firm's managing partner, Pam Mazza, recently explained the rule's significant implications for the government contracting community. In particular, SBA's proposed rule would make a number of changes to the 8(a) program and regulations applicable to tribally owned 8(a) businesses. Pam and Peter will be attending a tribal consultation meeting in Oklahoma City on January 16, 2020 where tribes and ANCs can weigh in on the changes SBA is proposing. In advance, we have highlighted a few of the proposed changes that may benefit these firms.

BLOG: Key Ruling on Native American Sovereign Immunity Stands—for Now

September 13, 2019
By Paul W. Mengel III
The Fourth Circuit case Williams v. Big Picture Loans is being hailed as a major victory for Native American sovereign immunity rights. For entities owned by Native American tribes, the case stands as an important ruling for determining arm-of-the-tribe sovereign immunity. The case may be appealed to the Supreme Court.
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