Supporting a Lifetime of Learning

The NAFOA Institute provides educational and professional development opportunities and programs for tribal members. NAFOA aims to facilitate a lifetime of learning starting from youth and early career, to mid-career specializations, to executive leadership training.

Explore our program offerings below, as well as our educational webinar series and our bookstore.


Youth & Young Professionals

NAFOA offers youth and young professionals ages 18-27 programming aimed at establishing early career success. Youth interested in learning more about tribal economies are invited to participate in the Leadership Summit.

Grants Management

Our grants management programs serve as the initial building block for enhancing every student’s confidence and developing essential skills. The Foundations program is a free virtual course that introduces basic principles of grants management. Grants Management for Tribal Communities, offered online at the University of New Mexico, expands those skills to further support the growth and sustainability of tribal economies in Indian Country.

Financial Management

Our financial management programs, in collaboration with universities and taught by top educators, tribal leaders, and industry professionals, are designed to equip and educate tribal finance and administrative professionals. 

The NAFOA Orange Book is the premiere source for tribal financial reporting and guidelines.

Executive Leadership

NAFOA’s executive-level education program aims to inspire and support Native finance professionals and leaders, as well as equip them with the tools to lead high-performing, innovative communities or organizations.

NAFOA Orange Book


Financial Reporting and Information Guide for Tribal Governments and Enterprises

The Financial Reporting and Information Guide for Tribal Governments and Enterprises (Orange Book) addresses the complex economic activity and related entity differences of tribal settings. It also presents an overview of the financial reporting framework in a tribal setting. The Orange Book includes ten chapters covering the unique operating environment of tribal governments from financial reporting with business activities to fiduciary activities to federal tax and information reporting. The Orange Book was informally reviewed by accounting standard setters and includes sample tribal financial statements.

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