The Native American Contractors Association Responds to Congressman's Remarks Regarding Hispanic Americans

Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:30pm EDT

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WASHINGTON,  March 30, 2013  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Native American
community all too often has been victimized by the use of insensitive and
derogatory words.  As an organization representing the interests of Native
Americans, the Native American Contractors Association ("NACA") understands the
pain felt by the Hispanic community as a result of Representative  Don Young's
insensitive choice of words. As such, NACA appreciates the Congressman's public
apology.  "Congressman Young has been a champion for Native Americans and other
minority groups, not just in  Alaska, but those across the entire country.  Such
hurtful remarks overshadow his real work and personal understanding of minority
communities.  Words and terms that wrongfully may have been tolerable decades
ago are not acceptable, and are disrespectful to the advances this nation has
made in acknowledging that all minority groups are extremely important to the
country's identity and future," stated  Kevin Allis, NACA's Executive Director.
Allis further stated, "NACA has a strong and developing relationship with the
Hispanic community that is grounded upon the commonality of prejudice,
discrimination, and a forward thinking view of building strong minority
communities together.  Our disappointment of the use of such insensitive words
should come as no surprise to anyone!  We value our friends in the Hispanic
community, and will stand by their side in not overlooking such conduct.  We
will continue to strengthen our treasured relationship, and will not allow
remarks by others, regardless of which community is targeted by such comments,
to jeopardize such significant efforts," Allis concluded.       

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For more information, please contact  Jennine Elias  at (202) 758-2676.

About the Native American Contractors Association
NACA is a national Native advocacy organization based in  Washington, D.C., and
represents Tribal, Alaska Native Corporations, and Native Hawaiian Organizations
across the country. NACA seeks to protect the economic self-sufficiency of
America's indigenous people that is enhanced through the participation of its
members in the SBA 8(a) program. NACA's members represent and provide benefits
for nearly 700,000 Tribal members, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.


SOURCE  Native American Contractors Association

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