NFEC’s role in part is to educate policymakers at the tribal, federal, and state levels about the current state of financial education in Indian Country, and to formulate and share key policy priorities developed by tribal nations and Native organizations for the purpose of strengthening financial capability among Native people and in tribal communities. Below is a concise list of key policy-related resources designed to do just that.
NFEC White Paper: Supporting the Unique Role of Tribal Government and Community Leaders to Improve Financial Capability
NFEC Key Financial Messages for Tribal Leaders
Other Key Policy Resources
Empowering: Tribal Economic Development: Indian Country's Policy Recommendations for the Federal Government (Policy Brief)
This short brief features top-line policy recommendations to enhance the ability of tribal nations to achieve economic prosperity capable of providing their citizens with job opportunities and a good quality of life. These recommendations serve as a foundation for a deeper dialogue between tribal nations and the Administration and Congress about key steps that the federal government should take to empower Tribal economic development efforts. These recommendations emerge from a collaborative effort of the following national organizations serving the needs and interests of Tribal Nations: the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, National Congress of American Indians, National Indian Gaming Association, Native American Contractors Association, Native American Finance Officers Association, and Native CDFI Network.
Native Financial Inclusion Policy Toolkit (Toolkit)
The Native CDFI Network (NCN) has distilled the knowledge we received from the successes and challenges in Montana into this advocacy toolkit so others can mount similar campaigns in their states and Native communities across the country. The toolkit, designed for Native CDFIs and their advocacy partners and supporters, shares the lessons learned by NCN, its three partners and the broader coalition in the three-year Native Financial Inclusion Policy Initiative.
Access to Capital and Credit in Native Communities (Report)
This report emerges from the CDFI Fund’s commitment to helping Native communities develop through increased access to capital. The ideas presented are grounded in an understanding of current economic conditions in Native communities and in established research concerning the drivers of economic change in Native nations. The report also features a comprehensive set of policy recommendations categorized across seven key topics related to access to capital and credit in Indian Country.
Statement of Hon. W. Ron Allen, Secretary, National Congress of American Indians (Congressional testimony)
In this statement before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and its Hearing on “Predatory Lending in Indian Country” (June 5, 2008), Ron Allen describes the lack of consumer protection that exists in tribal communities, and delineates three keys to enhancing that protection: financial choice, financial education, and jurisdiction.