The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held an oversight hearing to receive testimony on “Economic Development: Encouraging Investment in Indian Country,” on June 25, 2014.

The hearing focused on economic development in tribal communities, and specifically on how the lack of access to credit has inhibited economic growth in Indian country. The witnesses testified about how federal programs have improved access to much needed capital in Indian country.

Gary Davis, President and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development was one of several Native American business leaders who testified at the Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on the importance of encouraging investment on tribal lands.

WHAT: A Committee oversight hearing on economic development

WHEN: 2:15 PM, Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Live video and witness testimony is provided at:


Panel I:

MR. DENNIS NOLAN, Deputy Director, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, D.C.

Panel II:

MR. GARY DAVIS, President and CEO, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Mesa, Arizona

MR. WILLIAM “MIKE” LETTIG, Executive Vice President, National Executive Native American Financial Services and Agribusiness, Key Bank, Bellevue, Washington

MR. GERALD SHERMAN, Vice-Chair, Native CDFI Network, Roscoe, Montana

MR. KEVIN ALLIS, Executive Director, Native American Contractors Association, Washington, D.C.

MS. SHERRY L. RUPERT, President, Board of Directors, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico