“The Native CDFI Network Summit allowed our industry leaders to hear from many federal program officials and leaders at the highest level. The opportunity to provide voice and context to the work we are doing to support community development and finance to tribal communities is crucial to Native Nation building and self-determination. Our representation is needed and as the NW Region policy representative, it was my honor to deliver our top priorities to elevate with our collective efforts for 2023. With that said, policy can shift with currents of political power. Our Native CDFI industry is doing impactful work and we need to ensure that we can rise to the occasion and adjust in these shifts. I have so much more to learn, however am excited for this opportunity. Qeci’yewyew (thank you).”

Jonelle Yearout

Nimiipuu Community Development Fund