Business owners across the country claimed to be Native American to win valuable government contracts meant for minorities, an L.A. Times investigation by @adamelmahrek & @PringleLATimes found. https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-na-cherokee-minority-contracts-20190626-story.html …
Contractors declared themselves to be Cherokee, but a number of self-declared Cherokee tribes aren’t recognized by the federal government because they can’t substantiate claims to Native American heritage.
One Paso Robles-based business owner, a member of the self-declared Western Cherokee Nation tribe, said his grandmother lives on a Cherokee reservation in Oklahoma.
There are no Cherokee reservations in that state.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s brother-in-law is a member of the self-declared Northern Cherokee Nation, even though records show no Cherokees among his ancestors.
His company won more than $7 million in federal contracts from 2000 to 2018. https://lat.ms/2Ggbltc
These cases point to a major failure in the nation’s efforts to help disadvantaged Americans at minority-owned companies. https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-na-cherokee-minority-contracts-20190626-story.html …
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