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Native American Tribes to Congress: Respect Our Sovereignty

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Press Release | 0 comments

WASHINGTON, DC (February 11, 2016) – Appearing today before a House Financial Services Committee hearing examining the treatment of Native Americans by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a key Native American leader urged Congress to once again stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Indian Country to help ensure the CFPB respects the historic government-to-government relationships of federal entities and sovereign tribes with any rule they produce on short-term lending.   Sherry Treppa, Chairperson of the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake offered impassioned testimony on the...

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Don Marlais Joins NAFSA as Assistant Executive Director and General Counsel

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Press Release | 0 comments

The Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) today announced the addition of Don Marlais as Assistant Executive Director and General Counsel of NAFSA. “Don’s deep history of experience working at the intersection of public policy, law and politics will be a tremendous resource for NAFSA,” said Barry Brandon, Executive Director of NAFSA. "NAFSA and its members are fortunate to have a professional of Don’s caliber working with them to promote responsible access to credit and protect Native American sovereignty.”

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PR Newswire: Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Bolsters Tribal Economic Development Portfolio with Purchase of Bellicose Capital, LLC

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in News | 0 comments

In a major deal that will bring millions of dollars in economic development to the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (LVD) and its geographically isolated reservation in Watersmeet, MI, LVD has today announced that it has completed the purchase of Bellicose Capital. Bellicose has been a valued service provider to the Tribe's lending business and talks to acquire Bellicose have been underway for several years.

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Indian Country Film “An Unlikely Solution” Wins Big at Hollywood International Independent Documentary Film Awards

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Press Release | 0 comments

The Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) today applauded the naming of An Unlikely Solution as a four-time winner at the prestigious Hollywood International Independent Documentary Film Awards. The film, which explores how innovative Native American tribes are offering consumers access to installment loans and other financial service products over the internet, was named a winner in the Documentary Feature, Narration, Editing, and Music Score categories. The film is available online for free at AnUnlikelySolution.com.

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Washington Examiner – Mark Calabria Oped: Time For Regulators To Catch Up To The Digital Age

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Advances in online communications have revolutionized many industries in recent years. While Uber and its impact on taxis may have garnered the most attention, similar forces have been reshaping vast swaths of the American economy. Yes, established firms have seen their positions eroded, but consumers have received tremendous benefits and, in many instances, so have the employees of these new enterprises. All too often, however, government has sided with established incumbents, instead of consumers. Policymakers continually fail to embrace technological and entrepreneurial innovations that are a net benefit to the economy and thereby stifle efficiency and competition.

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