Tribal Nation Tools

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Governance Resources/Tools
Infrastructure Resources/Tools
Financial Resources/Tools
Business Resources/Tools

GOVERNANCE RESOURCES/TOOLS

Enhancing Tribal Governance Codes of Ethics (PDF)
By: Maylinn Smith, Director, Indian Law Clinic, School of Law, University of Montana

Creating Sound Business Environments in Indian Country by Enhancing Tribal Justice (PDF)
By: Maylinn Smith, Director, Indian Law Clinic, Schools of Law, University of Montana
and Dennis Puzz, Esquire, Best & Flanagan, LLP

Practicalities of Constitutional Reform (PDF)
By: Leonika Charging, Fredericks, Peebles & Morgan, LLP

Native Nation Building – Issues of Self Rule, Institution-Building & Leadership (PDF)
By: Manley Begay, Executive Director, Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management & Policy

Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI) - a self-determination, self-governance, and development resource for Native nations.
Nation Building is the central focus of NNI's programs.

Final Report Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice under Public Law 280 (PDF)
By: Carole Goldberg, J.D., Duane Champagne, Ph.D., Principal Investigators
and Heather Valdez Singleton, Project Director

Goldberg: Public Law 280 isn’t the proper economic stimulus for Indian country (PDF)
Indian Country Today Article 3-20-09

Tribal Court Clearing House
Resource for American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, American Indian and Alaska Native people, tribal justice systems, victims, services providers, tribal service providers, and others involved in the improvement of justice in Indian country.

National American Indian Court Judges Association
The Association is primarily devoted to the support of American Indian and Alaska Native justice systems through education, information sharing and advocacy.

INFRASTRUCTURE RESOURCES/TOOLS

Building Trust (PDF)
Building Trust - Consumer Protection in Native Communities (2011) Includes Model Tribal Consumer Protection Law

Commercial and Business Law Developments in Indian Country (PDF)
By: R. Reid LeBeau, Lockridge Grindal Nauen, PLLP

Model Tribal Secured Transaction Act (PDF)
By:  Susan Woodrow, Community Affairs Project Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Helena, MT Branch

A Super Model:  New Secured Transactions Code Offers Legal Uniformity, Economic Promise for Indian Country
This article appeared in the Community Dividend March 2006, a community development periodical from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Secured Transactions Codes: An Important Tool for Tribal Economic and Housing Development
This article appeared in the Community Dividend September 2004, a community development periodical from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Crow Nation is First to Adopt Model Secured Transactions Code
This article appeared in the Community Dividend July 2006, a community development periodical from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Crow Nation - State of Montana Sign UCC Filing Compact
This article appeared in the Community Dividend May 2008, a community development periodical from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Oglala Sioux - State of South Dakota Sign Historic Lien Filing Agreement
This article appeared in the Community Dividend November 2008, a community development periodical from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Uniform Law Commission's Model Tribal Secured Transactions Act and Implementation Guide (PDF)

Minnesota American Indian Bar Association
MAIBA members support each other professionally and personally, mentor law students and young lawyers, network about job and volunteer opportunities, raise and award scholarship money for law students, provide education about Indian law issues, and support Indian law causes.

Borrowing Trouble: Predatory Lending in Native American Communities (PDF)
First Nations Development Institute 2008 Report – Learn how payday, tax refund, and car title loans impact Indian Country.

DeCoteau: The new money changers (PDF)
Indian Country Today Article 4-28-08

A Tribal Leader’s Guide to Launching an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign (PDF)
First Nations Development Institute 2005

Borrowed Time: Use of Refund Anticipation Loans AmongEITC Filers in Native American Communities (PDF)
First Nations Development Institute - Native Assets Research Center Research Report 2009

FINANCIAL RESOURCES/TOOLS

Generic Overview of New Market Tax Credits (PDF)
By: Claudette Konola, Community Reinvestment Fund

New Market Tax Credits & Other Funding Opportunities (PDF)
By: Arlen Kangas, CFO, Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation

Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED)
Link to Loan Guaranty, Insurance, and Interest Subsidy Program

First Nations Development Institute has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own - be they land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources - and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities and serves rural and reservation based Native American communities throughout the United States.

First Nations Oweesta Corporation works to provide opportunities for Native people to develop assets and create wealth by assisting in the establishment of strong, permanent institutions and programs, contributing to economic independence and strengthening sovereignty for all Native communities.

BUSINESS RESOURCES/TOOLS

Debora Juarez and Sharon Haensly: Kinship commerce: New developments in inter-tribal trade (PDF)
Indian Country Today Article 12-5-08

Lutheran Social Services – Financial Choice –option for Tribes and Tribal Citizens (PDF)
Enhanced level of financial counseling and educational services customized and adapted to fit the culture and unique needs of Tribal Communities.

US Census Bureau: American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Data and Links page to view current 2010 materials and links.

 

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