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Huffington Post: 13 Issues Facing Native People Beyond Mascots And Casinos

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Most of the recent headlines about indigenous Americans have had to do with a certain D.C. football team, or a surpassingly dumb Adam Sandler movie, or casinos of the kind operated by the fictional Ugaya tribe on “House of Cards.” And we’re not saying these issues don’t matter. But beyond the slot machines, the movie sets and the football fields, there are other problems facing Native communities — insidious, systemic, life-or-death problems; the kinds of problems it takes years and votes and marches to resolve — that aren’t getting nearly as much...

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Federal Court Protects Rights of Native American Enterprises And Their Vendors

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Press Release | 0 comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 27, 2015) – Native American businesses and their non-tribal service providers applauded a federal court’s decision in Aleksic and Schaller v. Clarity Services, Inc. (U.S.D.C. N.D. Ill.) which again reaffirms the right of sovereign tribal governments to engage in business transactions outside the borders of Indian reservations. “This decision is another victory not only for tribal lending enterprises, but for all Native American businesses that contract with outside vendors and service providers,” said Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA)...

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NAFSA Applauds Treasury Announcement of Study on Online Lending

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in News, Press Release, Statement | 0 comments

NAFSA to press for Treasury research to be comprehensive and include all relevant online lending products WASHINGTON, DC (July 20, 2015) – The Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) today praised the U.S. Department of the Treasury for its announcement of a study on the growing online marketplace lending industry. “Treasury’s announcement is a tremendous affirmation of what NAFSA has been saying all along,” said Barry Brandon, Executive Director of NAFSA. “Innovations in the financial services industry, like those pioneered by the Tribal businesses that make up...

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Statement by Barry Brandon, Executive Director, NAFSA

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Statement | 0 comments

“Recent media reports regarding a federal indictment in Pennsylvania have highlighted allegations of a Native American Tribal Government ‘pretending’ to operate a business. Without commenting on the specifics of any particular case, we feel compelled to call attention to the fact that NAFSA represents sovereign tribes that own and operate some of the most innovative e-commerce businesses in the country. General insinuations that tribes which are engaged in their own economic development are being ‘rented’ or ‘used’ are false, and offensive to all Native Americans. The...

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Statement: Huffington Post Whiffs on Tribal Economic Development Story

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Press Release | 0 comments

By: Barry Brandon, Senior Advisor at the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) The Huffington Post recently published a lengthy story about Native American tribes operating online installment lending businesses. Unfortunately, instead of using the opportunity to highlight the resiliency and entrepreneurship of Native American communities, the story cherry-picked and twisted facts to create an extremely misleading picture of an industry that is essential for many tribes’ economic development, is an exercise of tribal sovereignty, and sadly, for some tribes, critical to...

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