Our Mission

Through its work in growing tribal economies and strengthening tribal finance NAFOA supports the advancement of independent and culturally vibrant American Indian and Alaska Native communities. NAFOA launched over three decades ago as the Native American Finance Officers Association to highlight the role of tribal finance in fostering economic opportunities. Since that time, NAFOA has grown along with tribal economies.


Cristina Danforth
Cristina Danforth

Oneida Nation President

VaRene Martin
VaRene Martin

Thlopthlocco Tribal Town Director of Tribal and Corporate Relations / 1st Vice President

Christina L. Jimerson
Christina L. Jimerson

Seneca Nation of Indians 2nd Vice President

Hattie Mitchell
Hattie Mitchell

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Treasurer

Melanie Benjamin
Melanie Benjamin

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Secretary

What We Do

NAFOA advocates sound economic and fiscal policy, develops innovative training programs in financial management, builds the financial and economic skills of the next generation, and convenes tribal leadership, experienced professionals, and economic partners to meet the challenges of economic growth and change.


Dante Desiderio
Dante Desiderio

Executive Director

 Ellie Beckett
Ellie Beckett

Policy Communications Specialist

Pamela Fagan
Pamela Fagan

Operations Manager

Cody Harjo
Cody Harjo

Education Coordinator

 Missy Dunne Hurley, CMP
Missy Dunne Hurley, CMP

Events and Project Manager

VaRene Martin
VaRene Martin

Director of Tribal and Corporate Relations / 1st Vice President

Christina Morbelli
Christina Morbelli

Program Manager

Lacina Onco
Lacina Onco

Policy Specialist

Emery Real Bird
Emery Real Bird

Financial Management Policy Specialist

Member Tribes

NAFOA serves member tribes through advocacy, events, leadership development, and education initiatives.

Absentee Shawnee Tribe

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas

Berry Creek Rancheria

Big Valley Rancheria

Blue Lake Rancheria

Caddo Nation

Cedar Band of Paiutes

Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Cherokee Nation

Chickasaw Nation

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Citizen Potawatomi Nation

Coeur d'Alene Tribe

Colusa Indian Community Council - Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians

Confederated Tribes & Bands of the Yakama Nation

Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Indians

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Coquille Indian Tribe

Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Delaware Nation

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Elk Valley Rancheria

Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Gila River Indian Community

Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake

Ho-Chunk Nation

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

Jamul Indian Village of California

Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma

Kiowa Tribe

Lac Vieux Desert Tribe

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

Lummi Nation

Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Nation

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi (Gun Lake)

Meskwaki Nation Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa

Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida

Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Narragansett Indian Tribe

North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Oneida Nation

Osage Nation

Pala Band of Mission Indians

Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians

Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma

Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians

Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians

Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

Pueblo of Pojoaque

Pueblo of Santa Ana

Pueblo of Tesuque

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Quapaw Tribe

Quinault Indian Nation

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Samish Indian Nation

San Carlos Apache Tribe

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians

Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Sealaska Corporation

Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

Seminole Tribe of Florida

Seneca Nation of Indians

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians

Shoalwater Bay Tribe

Skokomish Indian Tribe

Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians

Squaxin Island Tribe

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana

The Hualapai Tribe of Peach Springs, Arizona

The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians

The Navajo Nation

The Otoe-Missouria Tribe

The Shoshone Bannock Tribes of The Fort Hall Reservation

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe

The Suquamish Tribe

The Tulalip Tribes

The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians

The United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria

Thlopthlocco Tribal Town

Tohono O’odham Nation

Tule River Tribe

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Twenty - Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)

Wichita and Affiliated Tribes

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo

Spring 2020 Conference Sponsors

NAFOA's Spring conferences provide an opportunity to meet with tribal leaders, federal agencies, and accounting professionals to discuss important issues facing Indian Country.

Host Tribal Nations

United South and Eastern Tribes


Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors