ONABENOregon Native American Business and Entrepreneurial Network
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Veronica Hix is executive director of ONABEN, a national nonprofit dedicated to growing the economies of Indigenous peoples.
The ultimate goal of ONABEN is to strengthen tribal economies and to build ways to make private enterprise work for Indians in their communities.
Banks have been reluctant to lend to Indian tribes, because "lenders see Native Americans as from a different economic system, a different nationality," said Wes Patterson, president and CEO of ONABEN.