A final rule was issued amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to permit subcontracts awarded to certain Alaskan Native Corporations (ANCs) and Indian Tribes to be counted towards a contractor’s goals for subcontracting with small business and small disadvantaged business concerns, regardless of the size status of the ANCs or Indian Tribes. 72 Fed. Reg. 46345 (Aug. 17, 2007). For purposes of this rule, ANC means any Regional Corporation, Village Corporation, Urban Corporation, or Group Corporation organized under the laws of the State of Alaska in accordance with the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. Secs. 1601 et seq.), which is considered a minority and economically disadvantaged concern under the criteria at 43 U.S.C. Sec. 1626(e)(1). This definition also includes ANC direct and indirect subsidiary corporations, joint ventures, and partnerships that meet the requirements of 43 U.S.C. Sec. 1626(e)(2). Also for purposes of this rule, Indian Tribe means any Indian tribe, band, group, pueblo, or community, including native villages and native groups (including certain corporations) as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act that is recognized by the Federal Government as eligible for services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in accordance with 25 U.S.C. Sec. 1452(c). This definition also includes Indian-owned economic enterprises that meet the requirements of 25 U.S.C. Sec. 1452(e). The effective date of this change is September 17, 2007.