CHAPTER 6

Investors and Regulators

One of the most rewarding assignments of my career involved promoting homeownership among Native Americans, and, more specifically, the first-ever financing of tribal land in the United States, by a financial institution. Until that point, such a financing arrangement had not been legally possible. This initiative involved the federal government, state governments, tribal nations, individual homeowners, my employer, and a host of other partners. There was profit potential, of course, but underlying this effort was a clear corporate commitment to strong moral, social, and cultural values. We were helping tribal members borrow money to build and own property on tribal lands, for the first time in American history. ...

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