Native Communities

Some of the highest concentrations of poverty in the United States are on Indian reservations and in indigenous communities in Alaska, Hawaii and Guam.  The causes of poverty in Native communities are complex and some are unique to their geography. Our initiative is based on feedback from Native communities, inter-tribal organizations and certain Federal agencies, and it focuses on affordable housing, access to credit, economic development and building legal infrastructure. Our recent economic development efforts are summed up in a publication released in May 2012.


Community Development in Native Communities
Community Investments, Volume 25, Issue 2, 2014

Growing Economies in Indian Country: Taking Stock of Progress and Partnerships
A Summary of Challenges, Recommendations, and Promising Efforts
Conference Proceedings, May 2012

Sovereign Lending: Bringing Housing to Indian Country
From Community Investments, Volume 12, Issue 1, 2000

Related is a web portal to community development resources from all 12 Federal Reserve Banks and the Board of Governors. Through a single web gateway, users can access hundreds of Fed materials that address barriers to economic growth and promote fair and informed access to financial markets.