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.


Early Career & Young Professional Development

NAFOA offers youth 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

The grants management curriculum program is the first step in building each student’s confidence and skill set required for effective grants management. Our new grants management program is one fundamental pillar of this framework to assist Indian Country to grow and sustain tribal economies.

Financial Management

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

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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