WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday denied an appeal made by several Native American tribal lenders who were seeking to block a civil investigation into their online payday lending practices.

The CFPB published both the denial and the original appeal made by online lenders, Great Plains Lending, MobiLoans and Plain Green, that offer small-dollar loans to tribes. In denying the appeal, CFPB Director Richard Cordray said tribal protections do not restrict the CFPB from investigating any lender for potential violations of federal laws on areas such as marketing and collection of small-dollar loan products. The CFPB said it would proceed with its investigation and the civil investigation demand orders issued against each lender on June 12.

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