Our Mission

Through its work in growing tribal economies and strengthening tribal finance NAFOA supports the advancement of independent and culturally vibrant American Indian and Alaska Native communities. NAFOA launched over three decades ago as the Native American Finance Officers Association to highlight the role of tribal finance in fostering economic opportunities. Since that time, NAFOA has grown along with tribal economies.


Cristina Danforth
Cristina Danforth

Oneida Nation

VaRene Martin
VaRene Martin

Thlopthlocco Tribal Town
Director of Tribal and Corporate Relations / 1st Vice President

Christina L. Jimerson
Christina L. Jimerson

Seneca Nation of Indians
2nd Vice President

Hattie Mitchell
Hattie Mitchell

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

Melanie Benjamin
Melanie Benjamin

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

What We Do

NAFOA advocates sound economic and fiscal policy, develops innovative training programs in financial management, builds the financial and economic skills of the next generation, and convenes tribal leadership, experienced professionals, and economic partners to meet the challenges of economic growth and change.


Rico Frias
Rico Frias

Executive Director

 Missy Dunne
Missy Dunne

Director of Conferences and Events

Bettina Cecilia Gonzalez
Bettina Cecilia Gonzalez

Director of Communications and Digital Engagement

Cody Harjo
Cody Harjo

Director of Media and Learning Initiatives

Nicholas Lovesee
Nicholas Lovesee

Senior Policy Advisor

VaRene Martin
VaRene Martin

Director of Tribal and Corporate Relations / 1st Vice President

Kellen Moore
Kellen Moore

Policy Communications Specialist

Christina Morbelli
Christina Morbelli

Program Manager

Dustin VanWinkle
Dustin VanWinkle

Corporate Relationships Specialist

Edna Wyena
Edna Wyena

Program Specialist

Member Tribes

NAFOA serves member tribes through advocacy, events, leadership development, and education initiatives.

Absentee Shawnee Tribe

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas

Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians

Barona Band of Mission Indians

Berry Creek Rancheria

Big Valley Rancheria

Blue Lake Rancheria

Buena Vista Rancheria Me-Wuk Indians

Cedar Band of Paiutes

Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Cherokee Nation

Chickasaw Nation

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Citizen Potawatomi Nation

Coeur d'Alene Tribe

Colusa Indian Community Council - Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians

Confederated Tribes & Bands of the Yakama Nation

Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Indians

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Coquille Indian Tribe

Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Delaware Nation

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Elk Valley Rancheria

Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Gila River Indian Community

Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake

Ho-Chunk Nation

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

Jamul Indian Village of California

Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma

Lac Courte Oreilles

Lac Vieux Desert Tribe

La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

Lummi Nation

Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Nation

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi (Gun Lake)

Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria

Meskwaki Nation Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa

Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida

Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Narragansett Indian Tribe

Nisqually Indian Tribe

North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Ohkay Owingeh

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Oneida Nation

Osage Nation

Pala Band of Mission Indians

Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians

Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma

Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians

Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians

Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

Pueblo of Jemez

Pueblo of Pojoaque

Pueblo of Santa Ana

Pueblo of Tesuque

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Quapaw Tribe

Quinault Indian Nation

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Samish Indian Nation

San Carlos Apache Tribe

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians

Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians

Sealaska Corporation

Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

Seminole Tribe of Florida

Seneca Nation of Indians

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians

Skokomish Indian Tribe

Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians

Squaxin Island Tribe

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

The Ak-Chin Indian Community

The Catawba Nation

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana

The Forest County Potawatomi

The Hoopa Valley Tribe

The Hualapai Tribe of Peach Springs, Arizona

The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

The Otoe-Missouria Tribe

The Shoshone Bannock Tribes of The Fort Hall Reservation

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe

The Suquamish Tribe

The Tulalip Tribes

The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians

The United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria

The Wiyot Tribe

The Yurok Tribe

Thlopthlocco Tribal Town

Tohono O’odham Nation

Tule River Tribe

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Twenty - Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

Walker River Paiute Tribe

Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)

Wichita and Affiliated Tribes

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo

40th Annual Conference


Wells Fargo

Platinum Sponsors

Mutual of America Financial Group

Gold Sponsors

Bank of America
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Finley & Cook, P.L.L.C.
Moss Adams LLP
PNC Bank
SAP Concur
Sheppard Mullin
Wipfli LLP

Silver Sponsors

BKD CPAs & Advisors
BOK Financial
Bold Concepts
Capital One
Columbia Bank
Conner & Winters, LLP
Conover Insurance Services, a division of HUB international Northwest LLC
Convenient Cards
Dell Technologies
FS Advisors, Inc.
Fifth Third Bank
Graystone Consulting
Ho-Chunk, Inc.
Holland & Knight LLP
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Lincoln Financial Group
Macias Gini & O'Connell LLP
Miller Nash LLP
Northern Trust
PFM Asset Management
Rockefeller Capital Management
TFA Capital Partners
The Mahoney Group
Tribal Solutions Group
U.S. Bank
USI Consulting Group
Umpqua Bank

Bronze Sponsors

Arledge & Associates, P.C.
Assured Benefits Administrators
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
BlueBird CPAs
Cushman CPA
Hilltop Securities Inc.
Institutional Cash Distributors - ICD
Kutak Rock LLP
National Investment Services
Numu Communications LLC
OCOO Office of the Managing Executive for Small Offices U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Pinnacle Bank
Providence First Trust Company
R.W.M. Financial Group
Software Simplified
Tribal Print Source


American Indian Chamber Education Fund PTAC

Brown & Brown, Inc.

Muckleshoot Casino
Oklahoma State University


San Luis Rey Indian Water Authority

Tribal Convenience Store Association