Putting Teeth Back Into The Buy Indian Act

Law360, New York (March 25, 2016, 1:17 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs, on Jan. 12, 2016, announced a new policy to improve the implementation of the Buy Indian Act of 1910. The policy, circulated in a memorandum by Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary — Indian Affairs James Burckman, came in response to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report, released in July 2015, that criticized the federal government's enforcement and implementation of the act.

The Buy Indian Act authorized certain federal procurement contracts to be set aside for preferential awards to Indian Economic Enterprises (IEEs). All procurement contracts issued by the BIA, the Bureau of...

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