Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
In 1953, farsighted tribal leaders in the northwest formed the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI), and dedicated it to tribal sovereignty and self—determination. Today, ATNI is a nonprofit organization representing over 50 Northwest Tribal Governments from Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Alaska, California, and Montana. ATNI is an organization whose foundation is composed of the people it is meant to serve – the Indian People. For more information on ATNI, visit their website by clicking here.
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation (ATNI-EDC) is a wholly-owned, separately-financed subsidiary of ATNI. ATNI-EDC was formed in 1996 pursuant to ATNI Resolution #96-17 and recognized under ATNI Resolution #96-77. ATNI-EDC’s mission is to provide financial and technical assistance in the areas of community and economic development and is primarily funded through Federal Grants and by the income received from the loan program.
Since its formation, ATNI-EDC has provided programming in the areas of tourism, fish marketing, technology, and energy, and has provided targeted technical assistance to advance economic development for ATNI Member Tribes. It’s Buy-Indian program aimed to add value to Indian products and services, and encompassed sub-programs such as the salmon marketing program and the exploration of an inter-tribal wheat co-op. ATNI-EDC’s past efforts benefited inter-tribal tourism through publication of beautiful, full-color tourism guides.
ATNI Financial Services
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Financial Services (ATNI-FS) is a subsidiary organization under ATNI-EDC. The mission of ATNI-FSis to help Northwest tribes and individual tribal members in building healthy tribal economies by assisting tribal governments and Native American entrepreneurs in developing and financing businesses that create jobs, create wealth and help keep dollars in the reservation communities. ATNI-FS was formerly known as ATNI Revolving Loan Fund, and changed its name in 2007 to reflect the broad scope of financial products that it offers. ATNI-FS is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
ATNI-EDC and the ATNI Economic Development Committee
ATNI-EDC and the ATNI Economic Development Committee are related to each other, but are two separate and distinct entities. The ATNI Economic Development Committee falls under the umbrella of ATNI. The mission of the ATNI Economic Development Committee is to coordinate efforts and empower Northwest Tribes and Indian individuals to identify problems and solutions to regional Tribal economic development, and to assist Tribes and Indian individuals to develop their local and regional Tribal economies in accordance with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians. Often, ideas and initiatives that are generated from the ATNI Economic Development Committee meetings can lead to ATNI-EDC programming. Both ATNI-EDC and the ATNI Economic Development Committee exist to serve the interests of ATNI Member Tribes.