Economic Development

Considerations for and Alternatives to Tribal Per Capita Distributions: Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and working with the University of Arizona, the Native Nations Institute, and Washington University in St. Louis, Center for Social Development, the PRC is currently drafting a white paper to inform national policy issues and tribal decision-making around per capita distributions. Materials will be available in December 2008.

Predatory Lending in Indian Country: Working with the Native Financial Education Coalition, the First Nations Development Institute, the Center for Responsible Lending, and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the PRC is addressing the negative impact of payday lending and other predatory lending practices on Native communities through informed policy development. Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the project will offer a policy brief that addresses why people choose payday lenders, promising models to offer financial services, and policy options that can be enacted. Materials will be available in October 2009.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Montana: In partnership with Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Montana and PolicyLink, the PRC convened community partners to develop a collective vision for frontier communities in the Great Plains and to develop a policy research agenda.

National Native American Economic Policy Summit: The PRC provided research and data support for the May 2007 National Native American Economic Policy Summit. Four white papers from the Summit are available on-line.