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KwaTaqNuk Flathead Lake Resort
August 27-28, 2018
On August 27, 2018, the Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors held a first-of-its kind gathering that brought together over 100 Native American Financial Institutions (NAFIs). These are Native-owned or Native-serving banks, credit unions, and community development financial institutions.
The goals of this convening:
- Foster networking, learning, and collaboration among Native community-serving financial institutions
- Create development opportunities to leverage capital
- Elevate best practices that create growth and sustainability
We invite you to review the event agenda and materials here.
Mystic Lake Center & Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
July 9-10, 2018
On July 9-10, 2018, the Center for Indian Country Development hosted a dynamic convening with systems leaders to discuss how to make homeownership a real opportunity in Native communities and to unveil the Tribal Leaders Handbook on Homeownership.
You may access both the event and the Handbook:
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May 24, 2018
On May 24, 2018, the Center for Indian Country Development, in partnership with the CDFI Fund and the Native CDFI Network, hosted a workshop to answer questions about how Native-led community and economic development organizations can have an increased participation in the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC). The workshop had four key learning objectives:
- Understand the fundamentals of the NMTC program
- Identify ways to participate in the NMTC program
- Become familiar with the challenges and opportunities of investing in Native Communities
- Provide participants with valuable networking opportunities
September 26-27, 2017
A research, data, and experience-driven discussion of how higher education serves tribal communities and their students, and opportunities to enhance the benefits that post-secondary institutions provide to tribal communities and students.
Featured presenters include:
- President Neel Kashkari, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
- President Carrie Billy, American Indian Higher Education Consortium
- President Barry Dunn, South Dakota State University
- Dean Stacy Leeds, University of Arkansas School of Law
- Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, Arizona State University
- Dr. Chris Meyer, Coeur d'Alene Department of Education
A college degree is associated with significant income gains for all workers, including American Indians and Alaska Natives, but rates of college attendance and completion among American Indians and Alaska Natives are far below the national average. Even those who complete college typically earn less than their non-Native peers. Public university research and technical assistance programs may also struggle to appropriately meet the needs of tribal communities. Research and community-based evidence on these gaps and on promising solutions were highlighted. Participants identified opportunities for improvement, including specific research, data, and action plans for post-conference follow-up.
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May 23, 2017
CICD Roundtable - A Conversation about Building Economic Well-Being for Native Communities through Homeownership
Homeownership is a central tenet of the Center for Indian Country Development’s strategy to help Native Communities attain their economic development goals. As the largest single investment for most families, housing and homeownership are significant drivers of most economies. This Roundtable brings together a broad range of thought leaders, practitioners, and stakeholders to discuss:
- Homeownership’s role as an asset-building strategy and economic driver in Indian Country
- Synergies between tribal leaders, government agencies, and financial institutions, especially Native CDFIs, on policies, resources, and best practices
- Improvements to the structural barriers and funding gaps that limit homeownership opportunities among American Indians
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May 10-11, 2017
The Better Way Foundation, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's (SMSC) Seeds of Native Health Campaign and the Center for Indian Country Development of the Federal Reserve Band of Minneapolis have partnered to launch “Healthy Children, Healthy Nations: Charting Pathways on Early Childhood Development and Nutrition for Minnesota’s Native Children.” The project’s goal is to implement research and three different convenings with Minnesota and regional early childhood development ECD stakeholders, Native practitioners, Native language educators, ECD researchers, nutrition and health advocates, tribal leaders, state agencies, funders and other stakeholders in order to devise a specific action plan to improve and strengthen ECD, nutrition and health for Native American children in Minnesota. The Healthy Children, Healthy Nations Practitioners Convening was held on May 10-11, 2017. The One-Day Funders Panel met on July 11, 2017. A lunch session was held with Minnesota Tribal Leaders on August 14, 2017.
Rapid City, South Dakota
May 8-10, 2017
The Oglala Sioux Tribe, in partnership with the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leadership Council, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Center for Indian Country Development, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is hosting the Great Plains Tribal Leaders’ Economic Summit on May 8 – May 10, 2017 in Rapid City, SD at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel.
The Summit will provide a forum for tribal leaders from the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions to collaboratively develop regional economic development strategies. Through interactive sessions facilitated by the University of Arizona’s Native Nations Institute and other experts, tribal leaders will learn about innovative governance strategies, best practices, and resources to create environments for successful economic development in Indian Country.
October 5-6, 2016
September 13-15, 2016
Significant changes in the U.S. mortgage market post-recession are impacting mortgage lending in Indian Country. This is due to a market that is both unique and diverse, heightened awareness of lending risks, new regulations, and shifts in the secondary market. A new lending paradigm is emerging – one that highlights the importance of tribally owned banks, credit unions, and Native CDFIs as local conduits for lending and servicing in close partnership with federal programs and other private sector lenders.
This convening launches the Center for Indian Country Development’s three-year Native Homeownership Initiative to examine the mortgage lending system in Indian Country with the goals of improving access to mortgage capital and building community assets and economies through homeownership.
September 12, 2016
How do you estimate economic activity in Indian Country? This is a key question, fraught with data challenges, for federal and tribal government leaders. Census data provide information to measure general economic activity at different geographic scales, but this information does not isolate business activity on Indian lands. Furthermore, it is also important to be able to compare economic development activities on Indian lands with what occurs in the surrounding communities. Richard Todd, Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis will summarize the results of a first-of-its-kind, multi-year project to enhance Census data, enabling the measurement of economic development activity on Indian lands. In addition, Richard Todd will highlight some of the challenges in developing the underlying reservation business data and plans for further research on measuring reservation business activity.
November 20, 2015
August 17, 2015
August 4-6, 2015
August 31, 2012
Federal Programs and Partnerships in Indian Country: A Resource WorkshopOne of a series of workshops held around the country, this event is designed to share information about federal resources available to enhance development of Indian Country economies.
August 30, 2012
August 27, 2012
May 1, 2012