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The Blaze: Native Americans Say Obama Program Is Hurting Their Businesses and Is an Affront to Tribal Sovereignty

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in News | 0 comments

A Native American group contends a controversial Obama administration program is harming online businesses that are critical to funding tribal governments, and at the same time violating tribal sovereignty. Operation Choke Point is run through the Department of Justice and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and targets how banks handle accounts with certain industries the agencies consider high-risk, including the gun industry, payday or short-term lenders, porn shops, casinos, coin dealers, check cashers and debt collectors.

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The Hill: Free Indian Country from Operation Choke Point

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Hill: Free Indian Country from Operation Choke Point

When President Obama spoke recently at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference, he told the assembled leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes that his administration would...

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Inaugural Tribal Government E-Commerce Conference

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Inaugural Tribal Government E-Commerce Conference

Many tribes have recently become involved in pursuing business operated over the Internet. These E-Commerce opportunities have not only created thriving economies, but they...

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Legal Analysis: Appeals Court Reaffirms Tribal Sovereignty in Case Involving E-Commerce

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Press Release | 0 comments

WASHINGTON, DC (October 7, 2014) – A legal analysis released today by attorneys for two Native American tribes reinforced the substantial positive aspects of a recent opinion issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which reaffirmed the tribal sovereign rights that must be weighed in assessing the propriety of the State of New York’s efforts to shut down Indian-owned businesses. Barry Brandon, Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA), provided the following comment on the memorandum: “The opinion is an important and positive...

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NAFSA: Federal Appeals Court Ruling Affirms Tribal Sovereignty, Acknowledges Strong Case for Ultimate Victory

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Press Release | 0 comments

WASHINGTON, DC (October 1, 2014) – After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that Native American sovereignty is a critically relevant issue to the State of New York’s attempt to shut down Indian-owned businesses, Barry Brandon, Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA), provided the following comment: “The decision is an important recognition of the need to ‘weigh the interests of each sovereign—the tribes, the federal government, and the state—in the conduct targeted by the state’s regulation,’ and acknowledges our...

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