Casey Lozar, vice president and director of the Center for Indian Country Development, was honored for his "committed service to Indian Country" by the Native American Finance Officers Association.
NAFOA presented Lozar with their annual Honorary Leadership Award at a ceremony in April. This award recognizes leaders who have made significant sustained impacts in Indian Country and supported tribal economies.
Lozar is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and was born and raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. He leads all aspects of the work of the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD). Lozar helps to identify research and policy priorities, and to increase CICD’s visibility, impact, and relevance.
Prior to joining the Minneapolis Fed in 2018, he served in economic development and higher education roles for the state of Montana. Additionally, he held executive leadership positions in national Native American nonprofits, including the American Indian College Fund and the Notah Begay III Foundation.
NAFOA launched over four decades ago as the Native American Finance Officers Association to highlight the role of tribal finance in fostering economic opportunities. NAFOA has grown along with tribal economies over the last 30 years to be advocates of sound economic and fiscal policy and developers of innovative training programs in financial management to build the financial and economic skills of the next generation, and convenes tribal leadership, experienced professionals, and economic partners to meet the challenges of economic growth and change. Through its work in growing tribal economies and strengthening tribal finance, NAFOA supports the advancement of independent and culturally vibrant American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System, the nation’s central bank. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is responsible for the Ninth Federal Reserve District, which includes Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis participates in setting national monetary policy, supervises numerous banking organizations, and provides a variety of payments services to financial institutions and the U.S. government.