WASHINGTON – The Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) announced the date for its inaugural Tribal Lending Regulatory Workshop, to be held February 15th, 2018 at its Washington, D.C. headquarters. The workshop is open free of charge to all tribal lending regulators, compliance officers, and officials. 

Longtime banking regulator Richard Fulkerson will be the featured lead presenter. Fulkerson brings over twenty-five years of experience in the financial services sector, including as Commissioner of the Tribal Consumer Protection Bureau, Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana. He spent 12 years as Colorado State Banker Commissioner and prior to that had been the state’s Director of Examinations for the Division of Banking. During his tenure with the division assets held by Colorado state-chartered banks and trust companies increased from $12 billion to over $40 billion.

The one-day workshop will take place from 8am to 3pm on February 15th at NAFSA’s headquarters just steps from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Attendees should expect industry, policy, and legal updates from NAFSA’s expert staff and a full day of breakout sessions working through real-life case scenarios involving consumer complaints, dialogues with state regulators, navigating CFPB supervision/enforcement, and understanding the difference between business compliance and regulation. Breakout sessions will be led by experienced financial regulators with years of experience auditing tribal lending operations.

“NAFSA is committed to providing all necessary assistance to its members in operating their lending businesses to a very high regulatory standard. Each of our members is committed to our established best practices and their own lending codes. This workshop will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for tribal regulators, officials, and compliance officers, including tribes whom may not yet be affiliated with NAFSA, to get important hands-on training regarding the regulatory issues facing tribal lenders today”, said Gary Davis, Executive Director of NAFSA.

It is the intention of NAFSA to hold these workshops regularly as the tribal lending industry continues to show dramatic growth.

The Native American Financial Services Association formed in 2012 to advocate for Native American sovereign rights and tribally owned entities providing financial services. Through the protection of consumer rights and sovereign immunity, NAFSA provides vital services to tribally operated lenders and furthering economic development opportunities in Indian Country.

NAFSA is located in the Hall of States, 444 North Capitol St NW, Washington D.C.

For further information about the workshop and to register, please contact NAFSA Chief Operations Officer, Joe Sarcinella, at NAFSA via email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at 202-850-9100.
Formed in 2012, NAFSA is a 501(c)6 trade association located in Washington, D.C that advocates for tribal sovereignty, promotes responsible financial services, and provides better economic opportunity in Indian Country for the benefit of tribal communities.