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Indian Country Today: Al Jazeera Blew It on ‘Payday Nation’

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Indian Country Today: Al Jazeera Blew It on ‘Payday Nation’

This article originally appeared in Indian Country Today By Barry Brandon Al Jazeera America’s recent series “Payday Nation” had so much promise to get the facts right and tell a side of the story which has been woefully underrepresented in the world of partisan media and painfully biased reporting. That promise unfortunately fell flat. It wasn’t for lack of education, however. The Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) has long sought to straighten out the debate regarding online tribal lending—a part of the non-bank financial services industry which millions of...

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NAFSA To Advance Tribal Enterprise Development With Key Sponsorship for RES DC Conference

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Press Release | 0 comments

-Economic Summit Brings Tribal Leaders, Other Stakeholders Together to Promote Economic Development on Reservations-  WASHINGTON, DC (June 26, 2014) –As tribes continue working to find new sources of economic development and bring much-needed funding and resources to their reservations, the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) is pleased to announce their platinum-level support at the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)’s 2014 RES D.C. The event, held June 24th – 26th, is part of the expansion of the NCAIED’s highly successful...

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An Open Letter to the National Consumer Law Center Setting the Record Straight on SCOTUS Bay Mills Decision

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

An Open Letter to the National Consumer Law Center Setting the Record Straight on SCOTUS Bay Mills Decision

        Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians June 9, 2014 Mr. Willard P. Ogburn, Executive Director National Consumer Law Center 7 Winthrop Square Boston, MA 02110   Dear Mr. Ogburn, It was with great interest that I read the comments of your colleagues, Ms. Lauren Saunders and Mr. Andrew Pizor, in a Consumerist article and press release on the Supreme Court decision favoring tribes in the matter of Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community. This decision has been widely heralded as a victory for Indian country, with commentary from the indigenous law...

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Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) Welcomes VP Compliance Services (VPCS) as Newest Members

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Press Release | 0 comments

WASHINGTON, DC (May 28, 2014) –The Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) is pleased to welcome VP Compliance Services (VPCS) into its membership. VPCS provides compliance services that establish the proper risk controls and monitoring that will assist tribal leaders in taking their industry-leading compliance abilities to the next level. Barry Brandon, Executive Director of NAFSA stated, “We are thrilled to have VPCS as a NAFSA member and bring their expertise to bear on  to help our tribes take the next step of strengthening their compliance systems, training tribal...

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New Documentary Short ‘Frozen Homeland’ Is Story of Survival for Upper Peninsula-Based Tribe

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Press Release | 0 comments

Watersmeet, Michigan – Facing the harshest winter on record, skyrocketing propane prices and some of its members choosing between food and heat, the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is the subject of a new documentary short which takes viewers on a journey to one of the most geographically-isolated areas of the United States in a compelling story of survival. Frozen Homeland, (available at MYNAFSA.org) created by award-winning filmmakers of Earthstream Media at Legend Group Studios, is the story of a band of Native Americans doing everything they can to survive under...

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