Vision

Self-determination for Native communities and individuals through economic opportunities.

Mission

Promote economic opportunities and cultural respect through community engagement, and personal and business development.

Core Values

  • Respect for our community
  • High standards – meets legal, moral and ethical standards
  • Honesty / Integrity
History of Two Rivers CDC
History of Native PTAC

For the past several years, Two Rivers CDC has hosted the Native Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Native PTAC serves over 300 Native businesses and many of the Tribal governments in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. As a result, Two Rivers CDC has helped Native-owned firms receive contracts with a cumulative value in excess of $100 million.

About the Procurement Technical Assistance Program

Ninety-three Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), six of which are American Indian PTACs – with over 300 local offices – form a nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace.   PTACs are the bridge between buyer and supplier, bringing to bear their knowledge of both government contracting and the capabilities of contractors to maximize fast, reliable service to our government with better quality and at lower costs.

The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) was authorized by Congress in 1985 in an effort to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the Government Marketplace. Administered by the Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the program provides matching funds through cooperative agreements with state and local governments and non-profit organizations for the establishment of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) to provide procurement assistance.

PTACs come in many different sizes and shapes, reflecting the needs, priorities and resources of the areas they serve. Some PTACs are administered directly by state governments; others partner with universities, community colleges, local economic development corporations or other local institutions. Some PTACs operate within Bureau of Indian Affairs areas exclusively serving Native American owned businesses. Many are affiliated in some way with Small Business Development Centers and other small business programs. All PTACs are staffed with counselors experienced in government contracting and provide a wide range of services including classes and seminars, individual counseling and easy access to bid opportunities, contract specifications, procurement histories, and other information necessary to successfully compete for government contracts.

-from APTAC

American Indian PTACs

Two Rivers CDC Native PTAC and 5 other Native American PTACs

Two Rivers CDC Native Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Native PTAC) is one of six Native American PTACs. Native PTAC is a free, grant funded, community resources that assists Native peoples in contracting with state, local, Federal, and Native governments on or off reservation within AK, ID, OR, and WA.

Who is eligible for services from Native PTAC?

  • Tribal Governments, Alaska Native Corporations and Native Hawaiian Organizations
  • For-profit Businesses
    • 51% Native Owned Businesses
      • Owner(s) recognized as American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian
      • Tribal Owned, ANC Owned and NHO Owned Enterprises

The core reason for the existence of Native American PTACs (NAPTACs) can be summed up in one word: Sovereignty. The relationship between federally recognized Tribes and the United States is one between sovereign nations. This “government-to-government” principle, which is grounded in the United States Constitution, has helped to shape the long history of relations between the federal government and Tribal nations.

Tribal sovereignty ensures that any decisions about the Tribes with regard to their property and citizens are made with their participation and consent. There are 566 federal recognized Tribes (276 of which are serviced by Native PTAC) which enjoy a government to government relationship with the federal government.  These domestic sovereign nations have the authority to function similar to the federal government.  That is, to govern their lands as sovereigns. No two Tribal nations are the same.

Is there a difference in the type of knowledge and service the Native PTAC provides?

There answer to this is both yes and no.  Native PTAC provides all of the same services as WA PTAC offers:  As items listed and required in the Cooperative Agreement, workshops, seminars, SAM registration, marketing review, certification assistance, Bid Match, networking, etc.

Here are a few areas where Native PTAC differs from WA PTAC and may assist in:

  • Understanding of laws and certifications specific to Native (individually or tribal owned) Business
  • Ability to delegate resources to access remote locations
  • Assisting Native and non-Native firms be successful working in Indian Country
  • Tribal government procurement
  • Understanding of the cultures and communities that foster Native businesses
  • Indian Reorganization Act
  • Indian Reservation Roads
  • Indian Incentive Program
  • Native PTAC can also provide FREE work-shops and seminars for Tribal Councils, Enterprise Boards, and Staff to help educate and understand the business opportunities available.

To elaborate a bit further, the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) of 1934 created many federal statutes that apply to Indian lands.  IRA tribes have access to programs/policies which can directly affect government contracts.

Public Law 93-638 is a federal law which has direct effect on procurement such as the Indian Reservation Roads (IRR).  This law gives Tribes authority to oversee all contracts relative to highway and road construction, maintenance and repair of roads servicing reservations.

Indian Incentive Program (IIP), 25 USC 1544, is another piece of legislation that is unique to Native Americans and Federal contracting.  It states “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a contractor of a Federal agency under any Act of Congress may be allowed an additional amount of compensation equal to 5 percent of the amount paid, or to be paid, to a subcontractor or supplier, in carrying out the contract if such subcontractor or supplier is an Indian organization or Indian-owned economic enterprise as defined in this chapter.”  The TRCDC Native PTAC is uniquely qualified to assist DOD Prime Contractors in locating Native American businesses that qualify for the program, to the benefit of Native Americans businesses and Prime Contractors alike.

Indian Reservations are automatically designated both “Distressed Areas” and “HUBZones”. As a result of this, Native PTAC are particularly well versed in HUBZone applications.

These are but a few of the federal statutes that apply to Native companies. Native individuals and companies have certain statutory requirements for certification and operations which other companies simply do not have.

It is important to realize that, as opposed to individually owned 8(a) firms, a Tribal, Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), or Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) owned firm provides opportunities and benefits to entire communities. Because of this shared community benefit, it is vital that elected Tribal and ANC officials have a clear understanding of the business opportunities for their people. Native PTAC is often invited to provide workshops and counseling to Tribal councils and economic development committees. Tribes use revenue from their economic enterprises to fund infrastructure, educational opportunities, healthcare, housing assistance, work force training, natural resource management, and an array of other programs.

There are many myths and confusion within many federal agencies which consider Native, Tribal, ANC, and NHO companies to be the same.  They are not.  There are many treaties and legislation that make these distinctions. Note the SBA 1010 for 8(a) certification has separate forms for ANCs, NHOs and American Indian Tribes (AITs).

Tribes themselves are government agencies.  Many tribes have established their own procurement and certification processes. Therefore, the NAPTAC scope includes technical assistance for companies which want to contract with Tribal governments.  Each Tribe has the authority and responsibility to establish regulations to oversee commerce on the reservation.

Tribal operations can provide significant economic benefits to the greater region. For example, in Washington State during 2012, local Tribes purchased over $2.4 billion in goods and services. Washington Tribes paid $1.3 billion in wages and benefits to over 27,000 workers in their casinos, governments and non-gaming enterprises, the vast majority of whom were non-Indian. Native PTAC can work to identify opportunities that may not be advertised through more commonly known channels.

Tribal Section 17 and why choosing a business structure is important. The choice of business structure will have long-term and far-reaching consequences for a Tribal government and Tribal business. Native PTAC provides education to the Tribes in creating a Section 17. A Section 17 corporation can provide an attractive business structure for Tribes because it establishes a legal entity to conduct and manage business activities separate from the Tribe itself.

Tribal, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian communities are unique. There many different aspects of culture, tradition, history and geography. Despite these differences, the close connections within Indian Country span the continent. Word travels fast and actions speak louder than words. Native PTAC works hard to establish trust, respect, and lines of communication with their clients and communities they serve.

How Native PTAC and our 4 state PTACs work together?  The ultimate goal for Native PTAC is to see our clients succeed. The Native PTAC often work cooperatively with WA, ID, OR and AK state PTACs to help non-Native firms identify and perform on projects on Indian reservations, cross promote events, and provide additional resources and networking opportunities. With ideal situations, it is common for Native PTAC and  adjoining State PTACs to refer clients to specific individuals with particular areas of expertise.

Ultimately, the Native PTAC program is hosted by Two Rivers CDC to bring economic opportunity, diversity and well being to our Native communities.

 

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