The Federal Reserve Banks of Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas
City, San Francisco and the Federal Reserve Board, will sponsor a sovereign
lending conference, Nov. 18-20 in Scottsdale, Ariz., to explore ways to
encourage banking opportunities in tribal communities.
The conference, Banking Opportunities in Indian Country, will
focus on methods and resources for encouraging initiatives and partnerships
that increase access to credit and capital and strengthen local economies.
Featured speakers include: Federal Reserve Board Governor Mark Olson;
Rebecca Adamson (Eastern Cherokee), founder of the First Nations Development
Institute; Robert Cheadle (Chickasaw), legislative counsel for the Chickasaw
Nation; J.D. Colbert (Muscogee), president of the Native American Bankers
Association; Stephen Cornell, director of the Udall Center for Studies
in Public Policy at the University of Arizona; Mary S. Gabler, vice president
and community development manager for Wells Fargo; and Lance Morgan (Winnebago),
founder of Ho-Chunk, Inc. of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.
The conference is designed for bankers, tribal leaders, tribal economic
and housing development specialists, attorneys and resource staff for
community development. General sessions each day will address issues and
opportunities for financial service providers, tribes and tribal members.
Breakout sessions will provide specific information from experts on how
to lay the groundwork for making capital and credit available in Indian
Country, build relationships with key partners, leverage financial opportunities
and use financial resources for community economic development initiatives.
The conference will be held at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort in
Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information call 866-226-7167 (toll free) or
see the conference web site at www.federalreserve.gov/communityaffairs/national.