Published September 28, 2016
WASHINGTON – Gary “Litefoot” Davis, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, has been named the new Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA).
“The appointment of Gary Davis will be transformative for our organization and the tribal communities we serve,” said Otoe-Missouria Chairman John R. Shotton who serves as NAFSA’s Chairman. “Gary has been a passionate and tireless advocate for creating new economic opportunities for Indian Country and nobody has fought harder to ensure the preservation of our tribal sovereignty. We are thrilled to have him joining our NAFSA team.
In August, Davis announced he will leave his post as president and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center) on September 30, 2016. Davis spent almost five years at the National Center.
“I look forward to contributing to further diversification of the tribal finance sector. Growing tribal financial sovereignty is vital to the future of our people. I am fully aware of the amount of work to be done and the bridges that need to be built. That is why I am choosing to place all my energies into the growth and expansion of this key fundamental building block necessary for the long term economic self-sufficiency and sustainability of Indian Country,” Davis told Native News Online.
The mission of NAFSA is to advocate for tribal sovereignty, promote responsible financial services, and provide better economic opportunity in Indian Country for the benefit of tribal communities.
Davis will officially begin serving in his new role on October 1, 2016.