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Certification program provides critical tools for tribal finance officers and staff

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TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona State UniversityAmerican Indian Policy Institute in conjunction with the Native American Finance Officers Association held the second class of the Tribal Financial Manager Certificate program recently. The course was held at ASU, Tempe campus May 18 – 20. The sold out program hosted 25 participants from 15 American Indian tribal nations from throughout the United States.

AIPI and NAFOA have been working together since early 2009 to provide tribal financial managers the essential policy and technical tools to manage fiscal systems within the context of American Indian government and enterprise operations. The certificate program also provides Continuing Professional Education credits through NAFOA. NAFOA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy as a sponsor of CPE on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

“All tribal services and programs are dependent on quality fiscal management – whether it is paid for by tribally generated revenues or outside grants,” said AIPI Executive Director Dr. Eddie Brown, Pascua Yaqui and Tohono O’odham Nation. “Participating in the Tribal Financial Manager Certificate program is one way that tribes can ensure that they are maintaining high standards in their fiduciary responsibilities.”

“We are pleased that this program is in such high demand,” said NAFOA President William Lomax, Gitxsan Nation. “Tribal nations recognize the link between sound fiscal systems and the strengthening of tribal sovereignty. By learning and implementing financial best practices, we improve our ability to meet the needs of our tribal members.”

The first Tribal Financial Managers Certificate Program was held in September 2009. Exposure of the program at NAFOA’s national conference in March 2010 helped create a demand for the latest program launch.