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‘Buy Indian’ tribal consultation proposed

Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Larry EchoHawk has announced that the Indian Affairs Office of Acquisition and Property Management will conduct tribal consultation with the federally recognized tribes on draft regulations to implement the Buy Indian Act.

The federal law, which provides authority to set aside procurement contracts for qualified Indian-owned businesses, was enacted in 1910. It has seen rare success to date.

“The OAPM is developing the rule to describe uniform administrative procedures that Indian Affairs will use in all of its locations to encourage procurement relationships with eligible Indian economic enterprises in the execution of the Buy Indian Act,” according to an Interior release.

“The draft includes revisions to address input received from earlier draft publications and from three separate consultation sessions held during 2001 in Tulsa, Okla., Scottsdale, Ariz., and Portland, Ore. The rule will supplement the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Department of the Interior Acquisition Regulations (DIAR).”