Dean Parisian criticizes the investing conservatism of Native American council leaders who will only put tribal funds into ultra-safe investments. But are there really so few tribes who want to invest in anything other than money market funds? What about all those casino profits they supposedly have?
True, some of the larger tribal entities have taken investing seriously. The Navajo of the southwest United States, for instance, have engaged the services of Oaks, Pennsylvania-based SEI Investments, according to Parisian. And things must be pretty lucrative for REDW Financial Advisors of Albuquerque, too; when asked if she were willing to be interviewed about her firm’s involvement with investment management of Native American tribes’ casino revenues, planner Virginia Stanley of REDW responded that it’s been immensely profitable–and wouldn’t say more. “I don’t see how it could possibly benefit me” to tell you about it, she said coolly.