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Report: Alaska program for fed contracts does little for Natives

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A program allowing Alaska Native corporations to win no-bid federal contracts gave $21 billion in government work since 2000 for the top 19 firms but only modest benefits for Alaska Natives, according to a Senate panel's report to be released Thursday. Proceeds from federal contracting provided about $615 per year in benefits to the 130,000 Alaska Natives who are shareholders of the