SBA To Sign Alliance with United South & Eastern Tribes, Inc. to Expand Outreach to American Indian Communities
by Christopher James, SBA Official
- Created: January 31, 2014, 3:57 pm
- Updated: January 31, 2014, 3:57 pm
SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs will take another step to expand outreach to American Indian communities and American Indian owned businesses when we join the United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET) on Feb. 4, 2014, to sign a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM). Together, SBA and USET will work to boost entrepreneurship opportunities for Tribes and small businesses among USET’s twenty-six member tribes from Maine, to Florida, to Texas.
SBA and USET share a common mission by enhancing the economic development of Indian Tribes. This includes partnerships to create stronger economies including starting and growing small businesses. Today’s alliance strengthens SBA’s commitment to consultation and coordination with Indian Tribal Governments. The alliance will also provide resources for tribally-owned and tribal citizen-owned businesses so that they can achieve their business goals.
The signing of the alliance helps us to move forward in our efforts to reach American Indian communities and support business development and growth. USET is dedicated to enhancing the development of Indian Tribes, improving the capabilities of Tribal governments, assisting member Tribes and their governments in dealing effectively with public policy issues, and in serving the needs of Indian people. In addition, USET works to promote Indian leadership, improve the quality of life for American Indians, and to protect Indian rights and resources on Tribal lands.
USET member tribes include: Eastern Band of Cherokee, Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, Mississippi Band of Choctaw, Cayuga Nation, Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, Saint Regis Band of Mohawk, Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point, Passamaquoddy Indian Township, Penobscot Nation, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Seneca Nation of New York, Houlton Band of Maliseet, Poarch Band of Creek, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, Narragansett Indian Tribe, Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, (Aquinnah), Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, Oneida Nation of New York, Aroostook Band of Micmac of Maine, Catawba Indian Nation of South Carolina, Jena Band of Choctaw Indians of Louisiana, and the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut.
With our combined resources, we are even better equipped to support Native American communities in pursuing their small business ownership goals. We have a fully committed partner in USET to help existing American-owned small businesses and tribally-owned companies the U.S.
I am excited about the continued progress SBA has made to ensure our American Indian populations have full access to the tools available through SBA’s entrepreneurial development, lending and procurement programs. I look forward to the new opportunities to come.
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