TFACP is organized specifically to work with Tribes in achieving their economic goals – growing their economies, diversifying cash flows, debt management and capital raising. We’ve been working in Indian Country finance since 1995 – offering a deep level of understanding of the issues and practical solutions. TFACP offers our clients large-firm investment banking expertise with the focus and dedication that only a small-firm team can deliver. Our Tribal Board of Advisors gives us unique insights to address our clients’ evolving needs and helps us see Tribal finances from their perspective.
Providing practical advice, grounded in financial modeling, creative thinking, and unrivaled industry experience and relationships
Analyzing all available alternatives, we work to get the Tribes the best deal possible and a customized solution to meet your needs
Unbiased and conflict-free financial advice based on what’s in a Tribe’s best interest. We are 100% independent and we are compensated only by our Tribal clients.
Develop creative solutions to meet the Tribe’s needs first.
Our Tribal Board of Advisors provides us insight into social and political factors to consider in addition to financial impacts.
Focused on delivering the lowest cost and highest value solution for Tribal clients.
Our goals are aligned with a Tribe’s goals to obtain a fair and market transaction and that the long-term financial health of the Tribe is protected.
TFACP principals have done more transactions in Indian Country than any other team – we know what can realistically get done.
Our M&A partners bring technical negotiation and deal-making experience to help you close the right deal.
We collectively bring years of expertise and creative leadership in Indian Country and on Wall Street to a Tribe’s side of the table.
TFACP has raised nearly $3.5 billion of debt for Tribes since our formation in 2009.
We provide a large team of experienced bankers to do the heavy-lifting of financial analysis, enhancing a Tribe’s existing finance team.
We understand we work for the Tribe and our unbiased advice always focuses on Tribal governmental goals.
Michell Hicks, CPA, is currently the Founder and President of the Chief Strategy Group Inc. (CSG), a firm which, among other initiatives, is partnering with Ambulatory Integration Concepts to execute their jointly created healthcare delivery model, Gen7 Healthcare. Prior to founding CSG, Michell served the EBCI for nearly 30 years as a three-term Principal Chief and the former executive director of budget and finance. Michell has been continuously recognized for his exceptional leadership and accomplishments. In 2013 he was awarded the Tribal Gaming Visionary and Small Business Empowerment Award by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, recognizing his leadership in the $650-million expansion of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and the involvement of American Indian-owned businesses in the project. In 2015, he was recognized by the Native American Finance Officers Association as the Tribal Leader of the Year. This award is given annually to a Tribal leader displaying exceptional foresight and resolve in the economic advancement of his or her nation. Later in 2015 Michell was recognized by his alma mater, Western Carolina University, with the Professional Achievement Award at the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony. In 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of North Carolina – Asheville.
Tom currently operates Carlyle Consulting of Alexandria Virginia, serving a number of clients on Capitol Hill (including NIGA) and is a member of the Blackfeet Nation. Tom is an advocate/lobbyist for Indian country, was the main whistle-blower in the Jack Abramoff scandal and he appeared in the Sundance Film Festival documentary release Casino Jack and the United States of Money. He has received academic ethics accolades for his efforts – the Tom C. Rodgers O-tee-paym-soo-wuk Ethics in Government Scholarship by the University of Denver Sturm College of Law was named in his honor. Tom holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Denver, a J.D. and a L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver College of Law, a Master of International Public Policy – China Studies from Johns Hopkins University and attended the Robert McDonough International Executive MBA program at Georgetown University.
Valerie was recently named Executive Director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association after serving as Deputy Director. Previously she was CEO of Gaming Strategies Group where she promoted business development with Tribal enterprises, governments and tribal and individually-owned businesses. She consulted to the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, Casino Omaha, Global Gaming Group, Arizona Indian Gaming Association and Dick Clark Signature Entertainment. She was also Vice President and General Manager at Borrego Springs Bank and provided marketing and public relations services to Viejas Enterprises. In addition she has held management positions with companies including Travelers Express, Ceridian/Comdata Corporation, Service Data Corporation and American Express. Valerie was named in 2004 as one of the “Top 25 People to Watch” by Global Gaming Magazine.
John is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and currently serves as a Principal in Navigators Global, a political affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. where he leads the tribal affairs practice which provides advocacy and counsel on a range of tribal affairs policy issues at the state and federal level. He also currently serves as policy advisor for the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association. Prior to Navigators, John was senior legal counsel for Senator Ben Night Horse Campbell and Staff Director for Senator John McCain when they Chaired the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and was engaged in private practice providing legal and legislative consulting services to Tribes. Previously he also served as the General Counsel and Legislative Director of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and the Acting General Counsel for the Oneida Indian Nation of New York. John received a J.D. from Cornell Law School and a B.S. from Oklahoma State University.
Daniel is the former Chairman of both the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA). He previously served as chairman of CNIGA between 1995 and 2001. In his role as CNIGA chairman he led more than 70 California tribes in the quest to protect tribal gaming rights. He pioneered the first successful tribal gaming legislation in California history to win bi-partisan support. During Daniel’s tenure as Sycuan’s chairman the tribe developed the Sycuan resort into a leading destination resort which has allowed the Sycuan tribe to diversify their tribal economy and social educational programs.
More capital raised than any other Tribally focused independent finance company.
Largest team of dedicated Tribal finance professionals anywhere.
The Karuk Tribe has faced innumerable obstacles in pursuing its dream of economic sovereignty by developing the Rain Rock Casino. TFA provided us steadfast support in obtaining our project financing as we evaluated financing options ranging from commercial lenders to private equity sources. Ultimately, our Tribe was able to obtain financing utilizing a commercial bank and the support of another sovereign tribal nation to secure our project funding. TFA was instrumental in helping our Tribe navigate this process. We look forward to working with TFA again for our future financing needs.
Russell "Buster" Attebery, Chairman