First Data, Native Merchant Services announce strategic partnership to pursue Tribal Nation Commerce

Los Angeles, Sept 1, 2014 – In recognition of the opportunities to modern technology and innovation for payment acceptance and cash access on Native American Tribal lands, First Data, the global leader in payment technology and services solutions, and Native Merchant Services, a payments services distributor focused on Tribal Nations, have created a new strategic partnership to drive the next generation of commercial growth on Tribal Lands

By leveraging First Data’s expansive suite of payment products, the two companies are bringing next generation payment solutions to fresh North American markets.  One of the cornerstones of Tribal Reservation economies are their Casinos and Hotels, areas which are served perfectly by First Data’s PayLucky, solutions which are tailored for Land based Casinos and the “Village”—commercial points of sale adjacent to Casinos such as gift shops and restaurants.

“First Data is focused on driving innovation for the Tribes and PayLucky opens the door to some of the most innovative and proven payment solutions available now to the legalized gambling and gaming marketplace, as well as the extended Village,” said Jonathan O’Connor, general manager, Online Gambling and Alternative Markets, First Data. “We look forward to supporting NMS’s strategy and focus of creating solutions for this important sector of the economy..”

First Data recently launched PayLucky™ Solutions for legalized online and offline gambling and gaming in response to an industry challenged with the need to manage an array of providers offering multiple payment options. The innovative package of comprehensive payment services is offered all in one place and all from one source. Beyond debit transactions, the solutions suite includes check, credit cards, open and closed loop prepaid and mobile payments.

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We at NMS are very happy to partner with First Data…NMS Pres, Ezra Gabay, states that “We at Native Merchant Services exercise our genuine concern, care, passion, and feeling for the business owner; we want to help merchant’s grow their business and we do everything to avoid compression. We’re acutely aware that Tribally-owned businesses nationwide have been traditionally underserved and under-represented by mainstream merchant account providers and at NMS, we are dedicated to bringing world class value and service to this particular market; to let Native American businesses be served by a Native American processor and in that endeavor we’re proud to be a 14 year partner of First Data.”

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About First Data

Around the world, every second of every day, First Data makes payment transactions secure, fast and easy for merchants, financial institutions and their customers. First Data leverages its vast product portfolio and expertise to drive client revenue and profitability. Whether the choice of payment is by debit or credit card, gift card, check or mobile phone, online or at the checkout counter, First Data takes every opportunity to go beyond the transaction.  More information about the company is available on as well as on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

About Native Merchant Services

As the only Native American owned ISO in the country, Native Merchant Services is one of the fastest growing merchant account acquirers in the nation and thus uniquely situated to provide tailor-made solutions to merchants and service providers, financial institutions, Independent sales professionals and referral/reseller partners throughout the Tribal Nations. By leveraging the world’s greatest technologies for our customers, from large worldwide enterprises to locally-owned small businesses, we extend powerful payment solutions for all payment types and processing environments

Media Contacts

Kwiyoung Baumgarten, First Data



Name, Ezra Gabay

Phone 1-818-651-6382


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