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Company owners with questionable Native American identity in Alabama have managed to obtain more than half a billion dollars in taxpayer funded minority-business contracts, the L.A. Times has found.
 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-12-31/native-american-tribes-alabama-minority-contracts 

An earlier investigation by @adamelmahrek & @pringlelatimes discovered that contractors with white ancestry got $300 million by claiming to be Cherokee.
 https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-na-cherokee-minority-contracts-20190626-story.html 

In the wake of that investigation, federal, state and local authorities have intensified scrutiny of minority contracting programs across the country.
 https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-09-17/minority-contractors-native-american-review 

In California, one man’s claims of Chumash ancestry are raising thorny issues of cultural identity and who can legitimately represent indigenous peoples’ interests.
 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-12-23/chumash-ancestry-mati-waiya-20191223 

Ultimately, those missing out on lucrative contracts are federally recognized Native American tribes, and racial and ethnic minorities that these programs were originally intended to help.
 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-12-31/native-american-tribes-alabama-minority-contracts 


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