The Native American Development Corporation was established in 1996. The intent of the organization is to act as a liaison for state, regional, national and international economic development organizations and agencies for American Indian owned businesses in Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota.


As a hub for American Indian businesses, NADC provides technical assistance in the creation and operation of reservation based Community Development Corporations, empowering communities toward economic and social stability.


NADC assists in creating and administering loan funds to finance American Indian entrepreneurs and establish economic infrastructure on reservations. NADC also provides educational information for tribal governments in the areas of economic and technology development. NADC is a Native American Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) operated through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).


The NADC PTAC’s mission is to maximize the number of capable American Indian owned companies in the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains Regions in the government marketplace. Providing clients with an understanding of the requirements of government contracting and the marketing knowhow to successfully obtain and perform federal, state, local and tribal government contracts is a top priority of NADC PTAC. Supporting government agencies in reaching and working with suppliers is also crucial to the success of this program.


NADC PARTNERSHIPS include: Northern Araphaho Tribal Industries Northwest Area Foundation Administration for Native Americans Support Services International, Inc. Native American Capital Economic Development Administration Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development Bureau of Indian Affairs Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Community Development Corporation (CPCDC)




The CPCDC’s aim is to promote community development and job creation through business counseling and funding for Native American-owned enterprises in Oklahoma and across the country.


As one of the largest Native American Community Development Financial Institutions in the country, the CPCDC lends money to Native American owned business regardless of tribal affiliation in Oklahoma. For those outside of the state, the CPCDC will also assess and fund business loans, though that funding is solely for CPN tribal members.




NACDI is an American Indian community development intermediary organization – the first of its kind in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The organization is configured as an alliance of the major Indian nonprofits and several Indian businesses in the metropolitan area committed to community-building through sector economic development and large-scale development.


NACDI is committed to building the assets and capacity of American Indian communities to participate in the economy through community economic development in four key sector areas: Health and Wellness; Land and Housing; Entertainment and Media; and Arts and Culture. These four sector areas enjoy stable growth and demand, require the skills of tomorrow, and lead to livable wage jobs and careers.





As the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) plays a critical role in fostering regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation. Through strategic investments that foster job creation and attract private investment, EDA supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States. In Arizona, the EDA Native American/ Alaska Native Planning Grantees include: Hopi Tribe; Navajo Nation; San Carlos Apache Tribe; and the White Mountain Apache Tribe.


An example of a recent grant (July, 2014) under this program is the $1.5 million in Public Works funds to the Quinault Indian Nation, Taholah, Washington, to fund upgrades and new equipment for the fish processing facility in Queets in the Quinault Indian Nation.


The project builds on the use of the region’s natural resources as an economic engine, by providing a fully functioning manufacturing facility. Products from this facility are for a growing niche market supported by a public private partnership with national and international marketing capabilities. This project will additionally promote cooperation between tribes in the broader region. This investment is part of a $1.8 million project that the grantee estimates will create 30 jobs.


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