Native Community Capital (NCC) formed through a corporate merger and as a strategy to make more significant investments in tribal economies. In 2019 three previously separate organizations marked an historic first of multiple, established, Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) agreeing to operate as one organization. The vision realized is the combining of talent, assets and markets to pursue a shared goal of closing the financial gap between tribes and the financial sector. NCC, with offices in New Mexico and Arizona, serves tribes and individual Native Americans primarily in the Western U.S.
Their early history includes a 2003 meeting of tribal leaders from throughout the southwest at the base of Mt. Bobaquivari on the Tohono O’Odham Nation. It was there that the idea emerged to form a Native led financial institution to serve Native people residing on tribal lands. That meeting is memorialized in the painting titled “A Fruitful Gathering”.