There's a huge difference between Alaska Native 8(a)s and "lower 48" Tribally-owned 8(a)'s. Both have negotiated different terms to the 8(a) program. I can tell you that our tribe, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, have several 8(a)'s and not only give huge dividends to the tribes but also provide scholarships and jobs to people on our reservation. Sen. McCaskill is attacking the program because Boeing lost a contract to an 8(a) company. Her interests are in keeping big businesses in charge and emerging minority-owned businesses in the dust.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 14:15