For years the Federal Reserve System has partnered with NCN to drive policy change by gathering reliable data to support the benefits of investing into Native CDFIs. In Upton’s view, “the research that is being done at the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) at the Minneapolis Fed and at the Fed in general for low- to moderate-income families is huge in our work. We couldn’t do the work and we couldn’t advocate the way that we do without definite data points to present to lawmakers.”

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