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Native American Bank designated Department of The Interior Performance Lender
Native American Bank / December 2015

Department of the Interior Performance Lender
Representatives receive award

Denver, CO -- Native American Bank, N.A. was designated by the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development Division of Capital Investment as a Department of the Interior Performance Lender, announced President and CEO Thomas D. Ogaard. This designation, the highest the Department approves, makes Native American Bank 1 of only 3 lenders in the United States to earn this classification in the Loan Guarantee, Insurance and Interest Subsidy Program.

In 1974, the Indian Financing Act was established to provide reservation businesses with access to investment capital equal to that available to businesses in non-reservation areas. The Indian Loan Guarantee, Insurance and Interest Subsidy Program (ILGP) was established to help lenders reduce risks on the loans they make to eligible Native American-owned businesses, primarily by providing a guarantee up to 90 percent of the unpaid principal and interest.

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Shoshone-Bannock Tribe gets a new Justice Center
Native American Bank / February 2010

Shoshone-Bannock Justice Center
The new Shoshone-Bannock Justice Center

Ft. Hall, ID -- The Native American Bank, N.A. of Denver, Colorado (NAB) was able to help the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe realize their dream of a new Justice Center with the assistance of a $15.9 million private loan. The new state-of-the-art Justice Center was completed in Fort Hall, Idaho in February of 2010 at a cost of $25 million. The 66,200 square feet facility houses a jail, the juvenile services center, courts, and the Fort Hall Police Department.

The courts occupy the largest portion of the building, including 3 court rooms, offices for the Public Defender and the Prosecuting Attorney and support areas. The police area includes patrol, detectives, administration, evidence processing, and interview rooms.

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Rosebud Sioux Tribe opens a new supermarket
Native American Bank / July 2009

Turtle Creek Crossing

Mission, SD -- The Rosebud Sioux Tribe recently opened a 27,289 square foot supermarket on their Reservation in Mission South Dakota. This was a project that they worked on for three years to bring to completion. Native American Bank provided a $1.3 million loan to purchase the freezers and refrigeration equipment for the store as well as initial inventory stock. Construction funding for the supermarket was provided by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Community.

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Eastern Shoshone Tribe inaugurates new water treatment plant on the Wind River Reservation
Native American Bank / July 2008

Eastern Shoshone Water Treatment
Zenon polymer filtration technology, processing 3 million gallons of water.

Ft. Washakie , WY -- The inauguration of a new water treatment plant was a wonderful occasion for the Eastern Shoshone Tribe on the Wind River Reservation. Culminating a ten-year planning and community development process, the ceremonial blessing of the facility was held in Ft. Washakie on July 23, 2008. A combination of substantial tribal equity, Bureau of Indian Affairs support and financing from Native American Bank, brought this facility in on time and on budget.

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NACDC jumpstarts Small Business Incubator for Blackfeet entrepreneurs
Native American Bank / September 2007

NACDC Small Business Incubator
Merlin and Janet Running Crane (left and middle), who own a small grocery store on the Blackfeet Reservation, recently met with Frederick “Butch” Conway (right) for service from the Incubator.

Browning, MT -- The latest project of the collaborative called Forward Blackfeet Community, the Blackfeet Small Business Incubator, is now underway. The new organization is spearheaded by the NACDC and is funded by a generous grant from the Tzo'-Nah Foundation.

Fredrick "Butch" Conway is the coordinator for the Incubator and has been working with the local Blackfeet business community and emerging entrepreneurs, as well as working with other collaborators to get the space and equipment ready. The Incubator will support micro and small businesses by bringing Blackfeet entrepreneurs together for training, planning and problem-solving. The project will use curricula that have been revamped to meet the needs of the small business people on the Blackfeet Reservation. Janet Paige, a small business expert consultant for NACDC, sees the training materials as a flexible model that could be modified to work in any Native community. NACDC anticipates working with community leaders on the Fort Belknap and Fort Peck Indian Reservations in 2008 to develop small business incubators as well. Each of those communities has identified an incubator as a critical business need.

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NAB Turns Houses into Homes
Native American Bank / April 2007

Dragon Vukovic, Jaime Mijares, Niquanor Mijares, Paula Crawford

Denver, CO -- Paula Crawford, NACDC/NAB’s home mortgage originator, has been busy. Very busy.

With support and leadership from within and outside the bank, Paula has been working with literally hundreds of mortgage borrowers across Indian Country. Given the nature of trust land in Indian Country, lending to individuals for homes has historically been abysmally rare. Paula and her partners at HUD and GreenPoint Mortgage, however, are out to change this and turn history on its head.

In April of 2007, Paula closed NAB’s first Section 184 mortgage with Jaime and Niquanor Mijares of the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota. The couple purchased their home in Morrison, Colorado where they and their three kids will begin a new future.

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Minibank Accounts Give Students Their First Banking Experience
By Emily Hone / Morning News / February 2007


FORT HALL - A proud group of students gathered Friday for a ribbon cutting that signified the opening of the Shoshone-Bannock Junior/Senior High School Minibank.

No less proud were Gerad Kipp and Michelle Guzman, who raised enough money so each of the school's 168 students can open an account in the bank.

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