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September 2002

A Guide to Tribal Ownership of a National Bank

This publication is part of:

Collection: Comptroller's Licensing Manual


This guide is intended to assist federally recognized Indian tribes in exploring entry into the national banking system by establishing or acquiring control of a national bank.

Specifically, it:

  • Provides background information to consider when entering banking.
  • Outlines the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's (OCC's) corporate application process.
  • Summarizes supervision and oversight of national banks.
  • Addresses operational issues relevant to tribally owned banks.
  • Includes a glossary and a reference section, listing additional OCC publications and other resources.