Indian Country

Pete Upton speaking on a panel
By Kierra Karemani
“Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) know the needs of the communities they serve. Placing the funds in the hands of those CDFIs produces better results,” says Pete Upton, Executive Director for the Native360 Loan Fund and interim CEO for the Native CDFI Network (NCN).
Rural Native Town at foothills of mountain range
By Andrew Dumont, Andrew Huff
By centering their traditional values in their economies and ways of life, many Native communities in the United States are making progress towards higher levels of prosperity.
Cheryl Thomas, founder of C's Daycare
By Kierra Karemani
Banks partner with a community non-profit to help a small business owner upgrade and expand her child care facility.
Shonterria Charleston
By Ellen Simon
For Housing Assistance Council, rural development issues include broadband access and helping veterans fund home improvement projects.
Pine Ridge Reservation
By Tawney Brunsch
"In our 35 years extending credit to Native communities, not once has a bank invested in our work. Instead, we’ve relied on CDFI Fund grants, foundations, and philanthropic investors," says Tawney Brunsch, executive director of Native CDFI Lakota Funds.
Native American Labor Dashboard
By Benjamin Horowitz
How are Native Americans faring in the labor market? The new Native American Labor Market Dashboard lets you track statistics are not readily available anywhere else.
Germaine Simonson
By Michelle Park Lazette
Germaine Simonson owns essential businesses in Arizona's Navajo Nation. Parched for support, she turned to a rural lender to get through the pandemic dry spell.