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Native American tribes have suffered a history of staggering unemployment rates, limited opportunities, and a lack of access to fundamental resources. Tribes began financial services businesses to combat this history and create real change for the future. E-commerce has been a vehicle for supporting economic growth, tribal services, and tribal development.
The Latest Financial News
Recent Study Finds Illinois Rate Cap Reduced Access to Credit
A recent study found that the 36 percent interest rate cap on consumer loans imposed by the 2021 Illinois Predatory Loan Prevention Act (PLPA) decreased the availability of small-dollar credit and worsened the financial welfare of many consumers. The PLPA imposed the...
Majority of Adults in U.S. Unable to Afford $1,000 Emergency Expense
A recent Bankrate report found that 57 percent of U.S. adults could not afford a $1,000 emergency expense. When asked how they would pay for an emergency expense, only 43 percent said they would use savings whereas 25 percent would use a credit card and pay it off...
Acting Comptroller Warns that “Too Big to Manage” Banks May be Broken Up
At a recent event hosted by The Brookings Institution, Acting Comptroller of the Currency Michael Hsu warned that banks whose size is too large to address internal weaknesses and adhere to regulations may need to be broken up. The Office of the Comptroller of the...
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Our Digital Financial Literacy Program
Too many consumers mismanage their budgets, make poor investment decisions, and fail to properly plan for the future. NAFSA is committed to empowering people with the skills they need to change this trend and thrive financially. NAFSA’s Financial Literacy Program offers an assortment of digital modules covering a wide variety of financial topics, including building emergency savings, mortgage education, and retirement planning.
Tribal Online Lending Best Practices
NAFSA has developed Best Practices for the exclusive use of all NAFSA Members as it relates to their Tribal Online Lending businesses. We believe these Best Practices will help ensure consumer protection, quality service, and positive customer and industry interactions during the life of the loans made by tribal lending entities who are NAFSA members. Our Best Practices apply to all stages of the loan, including marketing, origination, servicing, collecting, and ongoing data privacy.
The Impact of Tribal Financial Services
Coming from a history of staggering unemployment rates, limited opportunities, and lack of access to fundamental resources, Native American tribes began online lending businesses to create real change for the future. Internet commerce has been a vehicle for supporting economic growth, tribal services, and tribal development. These are their stories.
There are more than 570 federally-recognized tribes in the United States, many of whom are spread across in diverse areas. This has left a need for other tribal economic development opportunities to create sustainability and jobs on Native American reservations.
Tribal Financial Services:
Create jobs & economic development on tribal lands
Increase the financial independence of tribes
Deploy sovereignty & bolster tribal self-determination
To advocate for tribal sovereignty, promote responsible financial services, and provide better economic opportunity in Indian Country for the benefit of tribal communities.