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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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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Choking Off Native American Economic Development

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in News | 0 comments

This article original appeared in Law 360. Law360, New York (April 10, 2015, 10:18 AM ET)– William M. Isaac I was intrigued when I first heard of a government program called Operation Choke Point and the concept behind it. According to the federal government, the operation was intended to keep illegal or fraudulent entities out of our banking system —– an important mission that could help protect consumers and businesses alike. Unfortunately, multiple congressional investigative reports have revealed that Operation Choke Point has not been used primarily for this purpose....

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Press Release: Official Statement in Response to Comments by Elected Officials in Connecticut

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in News, Press Release | 0 comments

Statement by Lance Gumbs, Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA), in response to comments made by elected officials in the State of Connecticut:   “The Native American e-commerce lending businesses which are members of NAFSA are legal, licensed, and regulated businesses that follow all applicable federal laws and operate under sovereign tribal law.   I want to be clear that NAFSA absolutely and unequivocally opposes any attempt by a state government to encroach on a federally-recognized tribe’s sovereign right to operate these businesses...

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NAFSA Launches New Statewide Advertising Campaign in Connecticut: “Brighter Future”

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

On March 13, the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) debuted its newest paid media campaign, “Brighter Future,” in the Hartford Courant, Hartford Business Journal, and online. The ad, featuring a mother and her young daughter, highlights the role NAFSA plays in ushering lasting economic independence to Indian Country. “We created this ad to raise awareness in the general public about the economic opportunity NAFSA provides to federally recognized tribes,” explained NAFSA Executive Director, Lance Gumbs. NAFSA’s tribal lending entities offer responsible financial...

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NAFSA Executive Director Lance A. Gumbs Awarded the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s “Advocate of the Year” Award

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in News | 0 comments

On Tuesday, March 10, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development honored NAFSA Executive Director Lance A. Gumbs with the “Tim Wapato Public Advocate of the Year” award. The award’s namesake, Tim Wapato, lived his life fighting for the rights of the people of Indian Country and working to improve the economic opportunities available to his people. The award, presented at the 29th Annual National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) in Las Vegas, recognized Mr. Gumbs’ life accomplishments as a tribal leader and his work advocating on behalf of Indian...

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