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NCAIED Praises Obama Administration's Efforts to Spur Job Creation in Indian Country

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NCAIED applauds the Obama Administration's job proposals initiative and unveils a business and economic policy agenda

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)—the nation's leading Native-run nonprofit that advocates for Indian self-sufficiency by promoting Native commerce—has praised President Barack Obama's Administration and Congress for implementing key measures to spur business growth and job creation in Indian Country and across the United States.

Obama recently unveiled his $447 billion American Jobs Act, which will cut the payroll tax in half for 98 percent of all small business. Those tax cuts will apply to more than 20,000 American Indian-owned small businesses, according to the NCAIED news release. The Act will also extend the payroll tax cut to an estimated 1.5 million Indian workers, extend unemployment insurance to benefit Indians and their families as well as build programs such as "Pathways Back to Work" to support subsidized jobs and summer/year-round jobs for low-income Indian youth and adults.

The American Jobs Act reflects the federal government's commitment to strengthen the economic recovery and help increase access to jobs for all Americans as the economy grapples with unemployment rates expected to stay around 9 percent through next year's presidential election, coupled with minimal job growth.

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“Payroll tax cuts could help an estimated 1.5 million Native workers and their employers, and over 20,000 Native-owned businesses could benefit from other tax breaks for hiring new employees, especially veterans and others who have long been unemployed," Eric S. Trevan (Match-E-Be-Nash-She Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians), president and chief executive officer of the NCAIED, said in a statement. "Countless Native business contracts and job opportunities would be created through proposed transportation and infrastructure projects, renovation of Indian schools and tribal colleges, and revitalization of homes and businesses.”

“President Obama and Congress must work together to approve this urgently needed jobs package and a balanced budget agreement so as to keep economic recovery on track, reduce the federal deficit, and protect Indian programs—all so vital to ensure Native communities’ success,” added National Center Board Chairwoman Margo Gray Proctor (Osage).

In addition, Proctor announced that the NCAIED Board of Directors just approved its own business and economic policy agenda on September 7, 2011. She noted that, “The National Center embarks on its 5th decade as the leading advocate and service provider for Native businesses, and our agenda’s goals parallel those of President Obama.”

Chairman of the National Center’s Government Affairs Committee, Ronald Solimon (Laguna), said, "The agenda promotes job creation, business capacity building, greater access to capital and contracting, infrastructure improvement, and increased commerce—in Indian Country, nationally and globally."

The National Center will promote its Native Business and Economic Development Policy Agenda through its national advocacy activities, its eight business assistance offices across the United States, its regional and national events, and in partnership with other national Native organizations.NCAIED's Policy Agenda urges prompt action on public policy initiatives within four categories of top Native economic development and jobs priorities: 1) Tribal Sovereignty and Capacity Building, and Job Creation, 2) Native Business Development and Best Practices, 3) Access to Capital. 4) Tax Improvement.