Dennis Worden is the legislative director for the Native American Contractors Association (NACA) and a member of the Coeur d’ Alene Tribe. He is responsible for advancing NACA’s mission and priorities on Capitol Hill. Dennis is responsible for advocacy of the Native 8(a) program, and responsible for monitoring legislative developments pertaining to the program. Worden joined NACA after advocating for improved health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives at the National Indian Health Board. In 2011 he received the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development “40 Under 40.”

He is an expert on economic development, access to capital, community development, and small business issues in Indian country.

Op-eds:

– National Journal: Save America’s Small Businesses

– Huffington Post: Why the Big Tribal ‘Payout’ Is Only a Start

– TruthOut.org: A Campaign Primer: Native American Voters Count

– Al Jazeera Ameria: How to support tribal self-determination

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