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Indian Country - Data/Research


CALL FOR PAPERS | Renewing the Promise of the Middle Class

The Call for Papers is now open for “Renewing the Promise of the Middle Class,” the 2019 Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference. Abstracts or drafts are due no later than October 9, 2018. The conference will share research on factors influencing the financial and socioeconomic status of individuals and families and is open to research on topics that use various definitions of middle class, as well as papers that speak to relevant issues but do not explicitly use “middle class” in their framing. Of particular interest is research that explores specific challenges and opportunities for specific subgroups, including lower-income, minority, young-adult, elderly, rural or other diverse populations.

HMDA Data: A New Mortgage Lending Resource for Indian Country

Back in 2017, the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis released an online Reservation Profiles tool that provides demographic information about federally recognized American Indian tribes with populations of at least 2,500. In this CICD Blog post, read how the recent addition of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data to the tool can enhance users' understanding of mortgage lending in Indian Country. 

Center for Indian Country Development

Through its Center for Indian Country Development, the Minneapolis Fed works to help self-governing communities of American Indians in the United States attain their economic development goals. The Center promotes partnerships, research, and coordination around four focus areas that are essential for building vibrant economies: governance, infrastructure, finance, and resources.

Growth and Performance of the Native CDFI Loan Fund Sector, 2001–2012

This new Community Development Report from the Minneapolis Fed suggests that loan funds serving Native communities grew significantly in number and asset size from 2001 through 2012 and have generally posted fairly positive financial ratios.

Federal Reserve Community Development Perspectives

Ever wonder about the Federal Reserve’s involvement in the field of community development? Wonder no more. Released in June 2014, Federal Reserve Community Development Perspectives: A summary of activities, insights, and future opportunities answers the "what," "why" and "how" of the Fed's role in community development. The report highlights the Fed’s recent efforts to address barriers to economic growth, and promote fair and informed access to financial markets. Featuring brief summaries of its community development work organized into four focus areas--people, place, the policy and practice of community development, and small business--the report includes background information that helps to provide context for this work, a sampling of key research, outreach programs and other initiatives, as well as some ideas on future challenges, needs and opportunities.

The Impact of Surety Bonding on American Indian and Tribally Owned Contractors

Are Native contractors missing out on business opportunities because they can't obtain a specific form of insurance? This Community Development Paper from the Minneapolis Fed explores whether construction companies in Indian Country have access to surety bonds, insurance instruments that guarantee fulfillment of construction contracts.

Resilience and Rebuilding for Low-Income Communities: Research to Inform Policy and Practice

The 2013 Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference presented a unique forum for discussing key research, program, and policy strategies aimed at improving resiliency and rebuilding in low-income households and neighborhoods. The post-event materials include papers, presentations and videos; keynote remarks, speaker biographies and poster presentations,

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