Mission & History 

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) serves as the lead steward of the Native Financial Education Coalition (NFEC), which was founded in 2000 as a result of a U.S. Department of Treasury initiative on financial literacy. The initiative’s original Native working group evolved into NFEC, which then expanded its advisory committee and services. NFEC was supported until 2009 by First Nations Oweesta Corporation (Oweesta), and after a period of dormancy, NCAI, Oweesta, and other interested partners revived the Coalition in 2012.


NFEC’s mission is to (1) increase awareness of the need for adequate personal finance skills in Native communities, (2) build the capacity of tribal governments and Native organizations to provide financial education; and (3) support the efforts of Coalition partners and stakeholders to promote financial management skills through information sharing and collaboration.

NFEC Staff


Ian Record, Director, Partnership for Tribal Governance, NCAI, irecord@ncai.org

Tyesha Ignacio, Second-Year Wilma Mankiller Fellow, NCAI, tignacio@ncai.org