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Monday, September 18, 2023 – Is the end of federal support for Native businesses in sight?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling denying race-conscious college admissions has Native business owners on alert over the far-reaching implications beyond higher education. A recent federal judge’s decision puts an additional hurdle in front of Native businesses when it comes to a program in place to diversify federal contracts. Some experts and Native small business owners worry it’s only the beginning of a new system that will mean fewer successful Native entrepreneurs.


Jackson Brossy (Navajo), Assistant Administrator for the Office of Native American Affairs, U.S. Small Business Administration 

 Annette Hamilton (member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas), vice president and Chief Operating Officer of Ho-Chunk, Inc.

Stephine Poston (Sandia Pueblo), CEO and president of Poston and Associates, LLC