Articles and Reports

Featured Article

November 2017

Creating Sustainable Homelands through Homeownership on Trust Lands

An article by CICD Director Patrice Kunesh in the Fall 2017 edition of Rural Voices, starting on page 8, details how a multifaceted approach can help leverage resources to improve housing and economic development in Indian Country.

Featured Article

February 2016

Building stronger Native communities through data

A conversation with Eileen Briggs of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Ventures

Featured Article

October 2015

Mobile courtroom provides justice on wheels for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

The first and only bus-based courtroom in the U.S. is delivering legal services to residents of remote reservation towns.

Featured Article

June 2015

Persistent Poverty on Indian Reservations: New Perspectives and Responses

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota, The Region magazine

 

Featured Report

January 2015

Growth and Performance of the Native CDFI Loan Fund Sector, 2001–2012

This new Community Development Report from the Minneapolis Fed suggests that loan funds serving Native communities grew significantly in number and asset size from 2001 through 2012 and have generally posted fairly positive financial ratios.

 

Featured Article

March 8, 2013

Federal Agencies Collaborate to Bring Secured Transactions Law Resources to Indian Country

From The ANA Messenger: The Economic Development Issue, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Native Americans, Community Development Advisor Sue Woodrow discusses a multiagency partnership that is providing model secured transactions legislation and related training workshops to tribal representatives.

Featured Special Report

April 2012

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

Published by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, a summary report of findings from the 2011 Growing Economies in Indian Country workshop series, which was sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and multiple partner agencies. The series explored challenges, recommendations, and promising efforts for economic development in Native American communities. It culminated in a national Growing Economies in Indian Country summit, held on May 1, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

Featured Testimony

November 10, 2011

Opportunities and Challenges for Economic Development in Indian Country

Susan M. Woodrow, Community Development Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Helena Branch, speaks to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Community Dividend

Economic development in Indian Country is a frequently explored topic in Community Dividend, the Minneapolis Fed’s quarterly community development newsletter.

Community Dividend

July 2015

Pine Ridge, North Minneapolis named Promise Zones

From News and Notes

Community Dividend

January 2015

Strengthening the role of Native CDFIs: A conversation with Gerald Sherman of the Native CDFI Network

Community Dividend asks Gerald Sherman, interim CEO of the Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Network, for his insights on the past, present, and future of the Native CDFI sector.

Community Dividend

January 2015

Tribes receive funds to plan local control of schools

From News and Notes

Community Dividend

October 2014

GIS technology helps tribes tackle planning and projects

American Indian tribes are turning to GIS (geographic information system) tools for land management, community planning, and other purposes.

Community Dividend

July 2014

Maximizing the tribal land buy-back program: How priority lists can help tribes influence what's purchased

By identifying desirable parcels for development, American Indian tribes can make the most of a federal program that's putting reservation land back in tribal hands.

Community Dividend

April 2014

First-ever tribal national park planned for Pine Ridge

By identifying desirable parcels for development, American Indian tribes can make the most of a federal program that's putting reservation land back in tribal hands.

Community Dividend

April 2014

First-ever tribal national park planned for Pine Ridge

From News and Notes

Community Dividend

January 2014

Making surety bonds a surer thing for Native contractors

Recent changes to a federal insurance-guarantee program could help construction firms in Indian Country and elsewhere do business.

Other Minneapolis Fed Publications

fedgazette

October 2014

Calling home

Despite low upward mobility on many reservations, more Native Americans are calling them home, where culture often comes before commerce.

fedgazette

March 2006

Growth by degrees

The good news: tribal colleges help develop Indian economies and cultures. The bad news: they face a chronic funding crisis.

fedgazette

March 2006

Indianpreneurs

Small business development holds great promise for American Indian economic progress, but big obstacles remain.

fedgazette

March 2006

A model law

A newly drafted model law may help bring loans to Indian Country.

fedgazette

March 2006

Tribal trends

While economic conditions have improved for American Indians living on reservations, poverty remains prevalent, and tribes face deep challenges in their efforts to develop.

Other Articles and Reports

Featured Video

January 18, 2013

Economic Change in Indian Country

Vice President Richard M. Todd and Community Development Advisor Sue Woodrow discuss the Minneapolis Fed's work in promoting economic development in Indian Country. Video produced by the Property & Environment Research Center.

Case Study

October 2008

The Enduring Challenge of Concentrated Poverty in America: Case Studies from Communities Across the U.S. [pdf]

Published by the Community Affairs Offices of the Federal Reserve System in Partnership with the Brookings Institution, a report exploring the dynamics of poor people living in poor communities, and the policies that will be needed to bring both into the economic mainstream. Featuring a profile of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana.

Community Development Paper

September 1, 2004

Secured Transaction Codes: An Important Tool for Tribal Economic and Housing Development

A discussion of how commercial codes are important tools for enabling and supporting tribal economic and housing development by improving access to commercial and consumer credit.