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Financial Education

First Nations works to empower Native Peoples to build strong economies and communities. This means offering the education and resources to implement their own approaches and solutions, including ongoing and always-improving trainings to respond to the changing demands in Native communities.

First Nations’ financial education consultant, Shawn Spruce and NACDC Youth Savings Program Coordinator, Matt Harrington lead the Money Smarts ’21 class at Brown High School. In 2021, Spruce received the 2021 Ketchum Prize—the highest honor awarded by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation—in recognition of his outstanding advocacy, teaching and outreach as a champion of investor education and financial capability in Native communities.

First Nations’ Financial Education trainings, presented in partnership with FINRA Investor Education Foundation are available in person or virtually and can be customized for professional groups, such as federal and tribal employees, tribal councils, investment committees, and banking professionals, as well as for Native American individuals, retirees, students, and others who would benefit from financial education materials.

Trainings include:

For more information on bringing First Nations financial education to your community, contact Shawn Spruce at

To increase financial education, the Federal Trade Commission offers a variety of free, downloadable publications, including:

How to Avoid a Scam 
Scams and Your Small Business 
Fixing Your Credit
Educator’s Sample Pack