Rules tighten for Native corporation contracting

Anchorage, Alaska (AP) June 2010

Alaska Native corporations are bracing for changes in rules for federal contracts that fueled their growth.

The Anchorage Daily News reports one change in Defense Department spending restricts no-bid contracts above $20 million.

Sarah Lukin of the Native American Contractors Association in Washington, D.C., says that change is already having a chilling effect.

Some of Alaska’s largest Native corporations – NANA Development, Arctic Slope Regional, Chugach Alaska and Chenega – are defense contractors.

The Small Business Administration also is tightening rules for minority contracts to respond to critics who say they are bad deals for taxpayers.