On October 16, 2013, Christy Finsel, ONAC Coordinator, was a panel speaker at the National Congress of American Indians 70th Annual Convention and Marketplace, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
View a copy of the presentation shared during the session.
Consumer Financial Protection Resources for Native Communities
Increased financial capability in Native communities is critical to build a better future. When Native individuals, families, businesses, and tribes make better financial decisions and know how to protect their financial interests, it benefits everyone and helps strengthen tribal economies. Consumer financial protection covers many issues including: identity theft protection; investment scams; payday lending; credit card fraud – to name a few. Recent financial settlements (Cobell and Keepseagle) and one time or on-going per capita payments can bring unwanted attention to the financial resources of tribal citizens. This workshop highlights resources available from Native Financial Education Coalition partners whose mission is to ensure that Native consumers and tribal leaders get the information they need to make the financial decisions they believe are best for themselves and their communities.
Moderator: Sherry Salway Black, NCAI
Elke Chenevey, Vice President, Merrill Lynch
Mark Widell, Tax Clinic Director, Oklahoma Indian Legal Services Christy Finsel, Coordinator, Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition Bill Dorris, Attorney, Kirkpatrick Townsend