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Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

May 15, 2019

Shaping the Future of Indigenous Early Learning

Co-hosted by the Center for Indian Country Development and the American Indian College Fund, this national dialog addressed the critical need for Native American early childhood education and the role that tribal colleges and universities play in strengthening early childhood systems of care and learning. Educators, funders, researchers, and policy makers explored ways to strategically and effectively invest in the educational experience of Indigenous early learners.

KwaTaqNuk Flathead Lake Resort

August 27-28, 2018

A Convening of Native American Financial Institutions

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

Homeownership in Indian Country: Creating the Opportunity for Choice

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:

Watch videos of the event

Read the Tribal Leaders Handbook on Homeownership

May 24, 2018

Making the New Markets Tax Credit Work in Native Communities

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

Minneapolis, Minnesota

September 26-27, 2017

Tribal Community Perspectives on Higher Education

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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Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

For inquiries, please send an e-mail to

Minneapolis, Minnesota

May 10-11, 2017

Healthy Children Healthy Nations

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

Great Plains Tribal Leaders' Economic Summit

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.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 5-6, 2016

Early Childhood Development in Indian Country

On Oct. 5 and 6, the Center for Indian Country Development will host its inaugural conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on the critically important subject of Early Childhood Development in Indian Country. The conference will bring together practitioners, researchers, and leaders working to support the health and development of young children in Native communities. Speakers will highlight both scientific research and successful early child development programs within the American Indian experience. Participants will also share strategies to elevate early childhood development as a policy priority in Indian Country and to sustain funding.

Scottsdale, Arizona

September 13-15, 2016

Mortgage Lending in Indian Country: Foundational Investments & Future Pathways to Homeownership

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.

Washington, D.C.

September 12, 2016

Measuring Economic Development in Indian Country

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.

Measuring Economic Development in Indian Country (pdf)
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Great Falls, Montana

May 17-19, 2016

2016 Montana Indian Business Alliance Conference

A biennial event featuring nationally recognized presenters committed to the growth of strong economies through private sector Native American business development and entrepreneurship.

Anchorage, Alaska

November 20, 2015

Rural Homeownership Summit

To assist in bringing housing to communities in much need of housing, this important Forum featured multiple panels of experts discussing successful housing programs and mortgage financing. The CICD’s Patrice Kunesh delivered the keynote address.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

August 17, 2015

Webinar: Minneapolis Fed launches Center for Indian Country Development

This webinar launching the newly established Center for Indian Country Development included presentations and a Q&A to publicly launch the CICD and outline its mission and initiatives. A video replay is available.

Billings, Montana

August 4-6, 2015

Beyond Survival A Blueprint for Independence

The 2015 Native American Development Corporation Economic Development and Procurement Conference.

Billings, Montana

August 31, 2012

Federal Programs and Partnerships in Indian Country: A Resource Workshop

One 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.

Billings, Montana

August 30, 2012

Growing Economies in Indian Country: Taking Stock of Progress and Partnerships

One 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.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

August 27, 2012

Conference on the Law and Economics of Indian Country Economic Development

Organized and hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, this event brought together economists, legal scholars, policymakers, and others interested in recent research on economic development in Indian Country.

Washington, D.C.

May 1, 2012

Growing Economies in Indian Country: A National Summit

The capstone to a series of workshops held throughout the country in 2011, this national summit drew tribal leaders, policy makers, financial industry professionals, and community development service providers together for a multidisciplinary dialogue about economic development in Native communities.