Plain Green Loans
Plain Green Loans is a tribal lending online business owned by the Chippewa Cree Tribe on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation, specializing in short term loans. As of December 2011, its activities are challenging "the ability of state regulators to enforce the loan market to police caps and other consumer protection measures," and simultaneously raising questions in regard to tribal sovereignty. In February of 2012, a coalition of Indian tribes welcomed a Colorado court ruling that tribal immunity has no territorial boundaries.
In 2011, Plain Green Loans issued over 121,000 loans. Because the Chippewa Cree Tribe is a sovereign nation which enjoys tribal immunity, it is not subject to state laws which seek to prevent usury by regulating high-interest lending.
Despite having earned an "F rating by the Better Business Bureau" within one year of its founding, a tribal spokesman states that "This model could be the successor to gambling for tribes looking for an economic boost."
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