The Native American
Contractors Association (NACA) was formed in 2003 to promote the common
interests of our members - Tribally-owned corporations, Native Hawaiian
Organizations (NHO), and Alaska Native Corporations (ANC).
Kevin J. Allis is the
Executive Director for Native American Contractors Association following eight years as a practicing lawyer.
He spent over four years working for PilieroMazza, PLLC, a well-known
government contracting law firm that specializes in serving small businesses in
the 8(a) program. Prior to his time at PilieroMazza, PLLC, he practiced law at
Kollman & Saucier P.A., a Maryland employment and civil practice law firm.
Mr. Allis also served in law enforcement for seven years.
NACA promotes the benefits of
using Native-owned firms with high quality products and services in the federal
government marketplace and protect the Small Business Administration's (SBA's)
Native 8(a) program. Guided by an elected Board of Directors, our members
deliberate on issues at NACA's annual meeting and present their tribal and
company perspective to reach a shared, actionable consensus. NACA monitors
federal economic and business development policy and utilizes our member driven
perspective to advocate successfully on their behalf.
Self Sufficiency is Key
NACA is working to enhance
the economic self-sufficiency of America's indigenous people. NACA strives to create opportunities for Native Americans to become
economically self-sufficient by enabling them to compete more effectively in
the marketplace for government contracts.
Native Business Success
The profits earned by Native
enterprises provide dividends, job training programs, scholarships, healthcare
clinics, social service programs and cultural programs for their communities.
They are an essential component needed to create a vibrant, healthy economy in
some of the poorest regions in the country where unemployment and poverty rates
are often staggering. NACA monitors federal economic and business development
policy and utilizes our member driven perspective to advocate successfully on
Kevin has experience working
with Tribes throughout Indian Country and has led his tribes' efforts to expand
into the government contracting arena. Mr. Allis frequently conducts workshops and supervisory training across the country for employers on various labor and employment topics such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and the National Labor Relations Act. He works closely with several Native American tribes, tribal enterprises, and Native American associations on labor and employment law issues impacting Indian Country. His work in this area has included active participation in a national workgroup sponsored by several of the largest Native American associations in the country.
Mr. Allis is a tribal member of the Forest County Potawatomi Community and serves on the board of directors for the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore. He attended Louisiana State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Baltimore. Mr. Allis is admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
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Richard G. McGee, Law Offices
Richard G. McGeePost Office Box 47068
Richard G. McGee is the principal attorney at the Law Office of Richard G. McGee, LLC in Plymouth, Minnesota. Mr. McGee’s practice focuses on protecting the rights of individuals, businesses and tribes.
Mr. McGee spends a significant portion of his practice representing, consulting and training gaming commissions on hearings, compliance and other regulatory issues. Mr. McGee also works with tribal employers on the full range of employment related issues.
Mr. McGee was Assistant General Counsel for the Prairie Island Indian Community. The Prairie Island Indian Community owns and operates Treasure Island Resort & Casino, which employs more than 2,000 employees. Both the Prairie Island Indian Community and Treasure Island Resort & Casino are located in southeast Minnesota.
Before joining the Prairie Island Indian Community, Mr. McGee spent a decade litigating business and employment cases as a lawyer at Arnold, Anderson & Dove in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Those experiences were concentrated in the Midwest, and he also litigated cases on both coasts, as well as cases in southern Texas.
Richard is the author of A Guide to Trial Employment. This is a "must have" for every Human Resources office in Indian Country.
Mr. McGee is a graduate of the Oklahoma University Law School located in Norman, Oklahoma.
Plymouth, MN 55447
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Steve Wheeless is a Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner based in the Phoenix office. He represents management in labor relations and employment matters. He also represents commercial clients in business litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Wheeless was an F-16 Instructor Pilot, a Diplomatic Exchange Officer to the Royal Danish Air Force, and a Program Manager in the Intelligence Industry.
Mr. Wheeless represents employers in all aspects of labor relations, including union avoidance planning, training, and organizing campaigns; NLRB representation hearings and unfair labor practice proceedings; labor-related RICO actions; and collective bargaining, contract interpretation, and grievance arbitrations.
Mr. Wheeless represents employers responding to employment-related charges and lawsuits. He was lead trial and appellate counsel in Tempesta v. Motorola, Inc., 21 Fed. Appx. 700 (9th Cir. 2001) (affirming the grant of summary judgment on race claims challenging the employer’s system-wide reduction-in-force policy). He was also lead trial counsel and co-counsel on appeal in Osuna v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 214 Ariz. 286 (Ct. App. 2007) (affirming denial of class certification and dismissal of wage-and-hour class claims by putative class of 50,000 current and former employees). He regularly counsels employers and appears before government investigating agencies regarding employee termination and discipline decisions, sexual harassment claims, wage and hour issues, employment contracts and restrictive covenants, and other Human Resources matters.
Mr. Wheeless also represents businesses in state and federal court at the trial and appellate level in complex commercial litigation involving contract, partnership, and financial disputes. See, e.g., State ex. rel. Goddard v. Western Union Financial Serv., 216 Ariz. 361 (Ct. App. 2007).Steven D. Wheeless, Partner Steptoe & Johnson LLPCollier Center201 East Washington Street - 16th Floor, Phoenix AZ 85004 Phone: 602.257.5234 Email: