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.
Four directions: Native American lending in Maine
Four Directions, a community development financial institution established by Maine?s four Native American tribes, is overcoming many traditional barriers to lending on tribal land.
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.
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.
While economic conditions have improved for American Indians living on reservations, poverty remains prevalent, and tribes face deep challenges in their efforts to develop.
Native CDFIs are providing much-needed credit in Indian country.
The wealth (and poverty) of Indian nations
Small businesses and tribal colleges offer fresh hope in Indian country. They also face great hurdles.
Small business development holds great promise for American Indian economic progress, but big obstacles remain.