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NAFOA Releases 'The Orange Book'

Local CPA contributes to financial reporting guide for tribal governments


In recognition of her support and contributions to 'The Orange Book'; The Financial Reporting and Information Guide for Tribal Governments and Their Enterprises, Barbara Montour received this award.

The Financial Reporting and Information Guide for Tribal Governments and Their Enterprises (Orange Book) was released on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Native American Financial Officers Association's 35th Annual Conference. The Orange Book benefited greatly from NAFOA's Financial Management advisory committee.

The members of this group come from varied backgrounds with invaluable knowledge in tribal government finance and have an empathetic understanding of the challenges and needs of Indian Country. The advisory committee has been instrumental in cross-checking best practices, keeping current on developments and pronouncements, and sharing typical challenges tribal governments face in financial reporting. These best practices are real issues that are shared in select chapters' question and answer sections.

NAFOA is pleased to also recognize the special contribution and commitment of REDW for taking a lead in writing many of the chapters in this Guide. Ms. Corrine Wilson is a past NAFOA board member who has served for a number of years instructing NAFOA's Tribal Financial Manager Certification Program and has over 30 years of experience consulting tribal governments in accounting. Mr. Bruce Bleakman has nearly 40 years of experience in public accounting, has served as a member of the Government Expert Panel of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and has contributed to several NAFOA financial reporting model guides.

The organization gratefully acknowledges the following individuals for their support and commitment to the Guide: Corrine Wilson, CPA, REDW, Bruce Bleakman, CPA, REDW, Lawrence Barton, Oneida Nation, William Crader, TFA Capital Partners, Nadina Paisano, CPA, Indian Pueblos Marketing, Inc., Steven C. Garwood, CPA, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Noel Gianelli, CPA, CGMA, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Suresh Geer, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Kristi Jackson, TFA Capital Partners, Kathleen Nilles, Holland & Knight LLP, Kris Nixon, CPA, Clifton Larson Allen, Shawn Ray, CPA, CGMA, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Tasha Repp, CPA, Moss Adams, Braxton Sato, TFA Capital Partners, Allard P. Teeple Jr., Key Bank Native American Financial Services, Kristy VanderMolen, CPA, BDO USA, LLP, Derrick Watchman, Member - Navajo Nation, Don Williams, CPA, BKD, LLP, Robert Yoder, Yoder & Langford, P.C. and Barbara L. Montour, CPA, Akwesasne Mohawk Nation.

Indian Time had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Montour on her recent accomplishment and she stated, "I am proud to be selected by NAFOA to partake in such an important publication for Indian Country by Indian Country professionals. Each of us chose the chapters of the book to work on based upon our own professional expertise, as I was one of many on financial reporting, reporting to Tribal leadership and members, as well as financing and the ability to borrow."


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