In 1999, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe started the first Native IDA program on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Since then, numerous Tribes and Native organizations have expanded their economic development efforts to include asset building services. Although these communities continue to face cultural and structural challenges to asset development, their successes illustrate that individual development accounts and other asset building strategies provide an opportunity to increase the financial self-sufficiency of Native Americans, including Native Hawaiians and Native Alaskans.
This section provides resources for Native groups and Tribes, as well as non-Native organizations, interested in expanding asset building services and strategies in Native American communities. This section highlights best practices for planning and administering an IDA project, tips for developing and maintaining key partnerships, tools for leveraging resources, and success stories featuring innovative solutions to barriers to asset development in Native communities.