Interview #11, Skya Ducheneaux | Akiptan, Inc.

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Skya Ducheneaux, who serves as Executive Director of Akiptan, Inc. A federally certified Native CDFI based in Eagle Butte, South Dakota on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, Akiptan serves and supports Native agricultural producers nationwide.

Interview #10, Sara Barbour | The Alliance CDFI

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Sara Barbour, who serves as Deputy Director of the Yurok Economic Development Corporation (YEDC) and Acting Executive Director of the Yurok Tribe’s The Alliance CDFI. A federally certified Native CDFI located in northern California, Alliance’s mission is to “promote economic and financial assistance, small business development, and build assets within the Tribe’s jurisdiction among tribal members, improving the quality of life for its peoples and communities.”

Interview #9, Sheila Herrera | Tiwa Lending Services

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Sheila Herrera, who serves as Executive Director of Tiwa Lending Services, Inc. (TLS), a federally certified Native CDFI whose mission is to provide innovative products, education, and development services to improve the social and economic growth of Pueblo of Isleta and other Native people in surrounding communities in New Mexico.

Interview #5, Jeff Johnson | Wisconsin Native Loan Fund

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Jeff Johnson, who serves as Interim CEO and Board Chairman of the Wisconsin Native Loan Fund (WINLF), a Native CDFI located in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin that serves Native people statewide. WINLF is a revolving loan fund that supports the renovations of distressed homes for people in need, provides down-payment assistance and debt consolidation loans for its clients, and offers small business loans to area Native entrepreneurs.

Interview #4, Jonelle Yearout | Nimiipuu Fund

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Jonelle Yearout, who is Executive Director of Nimiipuu Fund, a federally certified Native CDFI that serves the Nez Perce Reservation and traditional territories of Nez Perce in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Jonelle also was recently appointed Northwest Regional Delegate on NCN’s Policy Committee.

Interview #3, Russ Seagle | CEO of The Sequoyah Fund, Inc.

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Russ Seagle, who has served since 2013 as CEO of The Sequoyah Fund, Inc., a Native CDFI serving the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and surrounding rural communities in Western North Carolina. The Sequoyah Fund provides small business start-up and expansion capital, housing rehab loans, credit builder loans, and training and consulting services to small businesses, nonprofits, and tribal departments.