At Bank of America, the Native American Professional Network (NAPN) is one of 12 employee networks but one of only three such networks in the financial services industry. NAPN was launched to aid in the recruitment, representation and career development of Native American and Alaskan Natives at Bank of America. The group also works to help to increase awareness of Native American business and cultural issues.
Connecting culture and business
NAPN has about 425 members nationally and its members are generally very active in the Native American community. NAPN members promote financial education in Native American territories and represent the bank at sponsored conferences focused on issues including affordable housing and economic development. Also members connect with various lines of business partners to better position the bank in Native American territories through community affairs, local market delivery teams and philanthropy.
For four years, Bank of America has partnered with United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY), the largest Native American youth organization in the U.S., with more than 140 youth councils in 35 states and Canada. NAPN members provide financial education workshops and share financial literacy materials at UNITY chapter meetings and at the annual national meeting, which in 2014 was held in Portland, Oregon, with 1500 Native American youth in attendance.
Bank of America is the proud co-sponsor of the Nation to Nation: Treaties between the United States and American Indian Nations exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C. The groundbreaking exhibit takes a look at the vital role of treaties in Native American and U.S. history and is on display until Jan. 1, 2018.
“Continuing our bank’s long tradition of supporting NMAI, we are very proud to co-sponsor this milestone exhibition which tells the history and legacy of U.S. – American Indian diplomacy in our nation’s history,” said Jeff Carey, a co-founder of the Native American Professional Network.
Bank of America is also a supporter of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the interests of tribal governments and communities. In 2014, NCAI held its 71st annual convention, co-sponsored by the bank.