Small business development holds great promise for American Indian economic progress, but big obstacles remain.
Improving opportunities for Abenaki youth
After generations of neglect, Vermont?s Abenaki Indians are getting academic and personal support in high school and attending college, thanks to Ken Maskell and Jeff Benay.
The wealth (and poverty) of Indian nations
Small businesses and tribal colleges offer fresh hope in Indian country. They also face great hurdles.
Growth by degrees
The good news: tribal colleges help develop Indian economies and cultures. The bad news: they face a chronic funding crisis.
A model law
A newly drafted model law may help bring loans to Indian country.
Native CDFIs are providing much-needed credit in Indian country.
Few big winners
Many believe American Indian tribes are swimming in cash, thanks to their casinos. In fact, very few tribes have really hit the jackpot.
Native American Bank: banking the unbanked
In 2001, 21 tribes formed Native American Bancorporation, the first nationally focused tribal bank. A Chippewa Cree and former assistant vice president of commercial lending explains why NAB?s understanding of tribal law has helped the bank serve customers better.