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Resource ID: #28818
Subject: Native American Contracts
Source: Adam Elmahrek, Paul Pringle
Affiliation: Los Angeles Times
Date: June 30th, 2019; September 18th, 2019; October 23rd, 2019; December 25th, 2019; December 31st, 2019



Native Americans are the nation’s poorest minority population. Yet they are victimized by white contractors who obtain federal minority-business contracts meant for Native Americans and other socially and economically disadvantaged minorities. A Los Angeles Times investigation found more than $800 million in federal minority-business contracts were awarded to companies whose owners claimed to be Native American – but were not. In all, companies obtained minority-business contracts for federal projects in 27 states even though the owners had no Native American ancestry.

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