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Comptroller Eugene Ludwig To Address National Conference on Banking in Indian Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Comptroller of the Currency Eugene A. Ludwig will address a national conference, "Banking in Indian Country — Expanding the Horizons," on Thursday, July 24, 1997 in Washington D.C. The conference is being jointly sponsored by the United States Department of Justice's Office of Tribal Justice and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

"I am pleased to co-sponsor this forum with the Office of Tribal Justice to educate national banks, tribal representatives and others about opportunities to offer banking services and provide credit to residents of Indian reservations," said Comptroller Ludwig. "We are committed to helping Native Americans gain greater access to a variety of financial products and services."

The one-day conference will include sessions on:

  • Operating in Indian Country: tribal sovereignty, trust land status, civil jurisdiction, and sovereign immunity;
  • Community Issues: Community Reinvestment Act, fair lending laws, and community development;
  • Home Mortgage Lending in Indian Country;
  • Acquiring and Chartering Tribally-owned Financial Institutions; and
  • Reaching the Nonbanked in Indian Country: micro-enterprise lending, customer education, and alternative delivery mechanisms.

The conference will be held at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel, at 999 Ninth Street N.W., Washington, D.C., and will be followed by a reception featuring table discussions, exhibits and Native American entertainment. Conference registration is $75.00 per person. The conference agenda and a registration form accompany this release. For additional information about the conference or to inquire about exhibiting at the reception, please call (202) 874-3520, or visit the OCC's website at http://www.occ.treas.gov.

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