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CDFI Fund Seeks Public Comment on Native Communities Access to Capital and Credit Report

November 30, 2012

Washington, DC-The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), is soliciting comments for a proposed report to assess the state of access to capital and credit in Native Communities, as consistent with Executive Order 13175 (Consultation and Coordination with Tribal Governments). The request for comment was published in the Federal Register on Friday, November 30, 2012.

In 2001, the CDFI Fund produced the Native American Lending Study, which analyzed lending and investment practices on Indian reservations and other lands held in trust by the United States government. The CDFI Fund is now building upon the original study, and the research will provide policy-makers, Tribal governments, Tribal community organizations, and economic development practitioners with detailed analysis and quantitative research that can lead to actionable recommendations for improving access to capital and credit in Native Communities. The final report will be available to the public.

The CDFI Fund is particularly interested in comments that will help determine the focus and mission of the report, as well as influence its methodology. The CDFI Fund is interested in receiving general suggestions as well as comments on the following specific questions:

  1. What should the access to capital and credit report accomplish?
  2. What should be the scope and focus of the report?
  3. What are the top three desired outcomes of the report?
  4. Who are the key users of the report?
  5. Are there emerging trends, innovative concepts, and promising solutions that could significantly improve capital access and availability and quality of credit in Native Communities that the report should focus on or address?
  6. How did you or your organization use the Native American Lending Study?
  7. What were the most significant outcomes for you or your organization from the Native American Lending Study?
  8. What were the best elements of how the Native American Lending Study was conducted?

Please direct all comments to: Amber Kuchar, Associate Program Manager, CDFI Fund, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20220; or by e-mail to cdfihelp@cdfi.treas.gov.

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