our goal

Don Lyons

Donald Lyons is a member of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians located in Banning California. Mr. Lyons retired from a twenty-two year career with the Southern California Gas Company and became an active entrepreneur.

With many years experience in Tribal government and in the development of new businesses for his Tribe, Mr. Lyons was appointed Chairman of the Morongo Tribal Planning Commission and served as the Chair of the Commission for over seven years. During the early days of “Indian Gaming”, Don was an instrumental member of the Tribal Council. The Morongo Tribe has one of California’s finest casino/resort properties. Located on interstate10 near Palm Springs, the Casino became a great success.

Through Mr. Lyons’ leadership, the Tribe was successful in developing many new businesses that now surround the gaming complex. Mr. Lyons has the experience and background to advise and guide NativeOne through the complexities of Tribal Governance and decision-making.

Mr. Lyons  resides on the Morongo Indian reservation in California.



“One of the goals of the NativeOne companies is to collaborate with Tribes towards achieving greater participation in the financial services industry while promoting the economic advancement of Native American Tribes, Canadian First Nations Tribes, their members and communities”

— Don Lyons, Chief Executive Officer, NativeOne Financial Holdings, LLC


our team

About Us

Dennis Smith. Co-Founder

Dennis Smith has been a financial advisor to Native American Tribes for over twelve years and has over 30 years experience in Financial Capital Markets and Investment Advisory Services.

Mr. Smith was a Fixed Income manager and past member of the New York Futures Exchange and the Philadelphia Foreign Currency Exchange. Mr. Smith has lectured in several foreign countries on fixed income & bond financing.

He has been a guest lecturer at many major Native American national functions and several regional Native American conventions concerning reservation project financing, business development and municipal bond financing. Mr. Smith has offered his financial knowledge to over 40 Tribal Nations throughout the US and in Canada.

Mr. Smith resides in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey with his wife.