The purpose of the MFEC Native American Committee is to identify the financial capability needs of Montana’s Native communities, especially youth, and to help match available financial education products and services with the organizations serving Native communities.

MFEC Native American Committee Members

Native American Community Development Corporation

People’s Partners for Community Development

Native American Development Corporation

Fort Belknap Credit

Native CDFI Network

Opportunity Link

Reach Higher Montana

Rural Dynamics, Inc.



AARP Montana

MT Office of Public Instruction

Montana Bankers Association

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Helena Branch

Committee Tasks

The work of the MFEC Native American Committee includes the following tasks:

  • Conduct instructor training in Montana for culturally relevant financial education programs, such as Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families.
  • Identify potential MFEC members interested in expanding their services to Montana’s Native communities.
  • Explore the need for training for non-Native financial education stakeholders to expand their knowledge about effective ways to partner with Native organizations.
  • Conduct briefings for tribal and state policy makers to inform them about opportunities to promote financial capability of Native people in Montana, especially youth.
  • Identify potential tribal, state, and federal funding sources to support financial capability programs for Native communities.
  • Support pilot efforts in Native communities so that they can be replicated in other Native communities across Montana.
  • Provide opportunities for peer sharing and learning through periodic in-person and virtual meetings.


Access to Capital and Credit in Native Communities from the CDFI Fund:

Race and Financial Capability in America: Understanding the Native American Experience from FINRA and First Nations Development Institute: