Jim Gray headed to Native American Contractors Association

Jim Gray, the former chief of the Osage Nation, has been selected as executive director of the Native American Contractors Association.

Gray led his tribe for eight years. He also served as chairman of the Council of Energy Resource Tribes, co-chair of the Trust Reform and Cobell Settlement Initiative and tribal co-chair of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Budget Advisory Council.

“Jim is an exceptional choice to continue NACA’s legacy as the leading voice for Native Enterprises,” said NACA Chairman Lance Morgan, a member of the Winnebago Tribe. “His proven leadership and experience on Native issues will be a tremendous asset to the organization and its membership. We are looking forward to working with him and wish him great success in his new role.”

Gray replaces Sarah Lukin, who will remain on NACA's board of directors. Lukin is returning to Alaska to serve as senior vice president of corporate affairs for Afognak Native Corporation.

“Sarah has done an outstanding job promoting the critical role, mission and value of Native 8(a) during her two years at NACA,” stated Morgan. “Her contributions have positioned NACA for great success moving forward. We are thankful for her devoted service to our organization, and wish her the very best as she plans her return home.”

Gray will help NACA promote government contracting opportunities for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian businesses. The program has come under fire among some members of Congress and the organization has lobbied to protect the growing industry.

"I look forward to supporting our Native communities as they pursue economic self-determination,” Gray said. “I’m thrilled to be joining the NACA team, and can't wait to get started.”

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