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Native CDFIs Hold Successful Summit in Washington

NCN Chairman Pete Upton, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, NCN Policy Chairwoman Robin Danner during a meeting at the Summit.

Washington, D.C. – This past week, the Native CDFI Network (NCN) hosted their 2019 Policy Summit at the National Indian Gaming Association building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The event was well attended by NCN members from the 65 Treasury certified CDFIs and 15 emerging CDFIs across the country. “It was great to see […]

Native financial institutions to hold policy summit in Washington D.C. November 19-21

Native American-serving community development financial institutions to set policy priorities and then meet directly with Congress News Release Native CDFI Network The Native CDFI Network (NCN) will hold the first annual Policy Summit this week in Washington, D.C., on November 19-21. At the Summit, Native American-serving community development financial institutions (NCDFIs) will set policy priorities […]

Native CDFI Network | NCN Policy Summit – November 19-21

The Native CDFI Network Board of Directors would like to invite you to the NCN Policy Summit in Washington, DC November 19-21. This summit is organized by the NCN Board of Directors to identify the annual policy priorities that advance the Native CDFI industry and promotes growth, prosperity, and economic impact in Indian Country.  The […]

Annual Conference & Advocacy Day

November 28-29, 2018 | Holiday Inn Capitol | Washington, D.C. Our annual conference serves as a platform to unite our Native voice as we advocate for access to capital and economic opportunity in our communities. This premier event brings together community development financial institutions, traditional lenders, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and policy makers to engage […]

Kindergarten Student Begins Saving for College

Abigail Haas, a student at Red Cloud School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, opened a savings account through Lakota Funds’ Child Development Account Program, a unique matched savings program that focuses on building the family core. She and the rest of her family attend quarterly meetings where they participate in financial literacy and family building […]

How Access to Financial Tools is Impacting the Pine Ridge Reservation

The Lakota Federal Credit Union conducted a survey of its members last summer and found that there has been an increased uptake in use of financial tools by the people of the Pine Ridge Reservation. 31% of people surveyed say they now have a savings account for the first time ever. In addition, about a […]

Credit Creates Opportunity

White Earth Investment Initiative’s Opportunity Auto low-income vehicle ownership program helped tribal member Rachael. Rachael had bad credit due to the expenses related to the illness and death of her small child, for which she was not financially prepared. Rachael needed a reliable vehicle to maintain her two jobs and was interested in the Opportunity […]

Bringing $ Back to Native Communities During Tax Time

Last tax season, members of the Great Plains Native Asset Building Coalition, a group of organizations and institutions that work to expand asset development strategies in low-income Native American communities, announced the collective impact of their free tax preparation sites, also known as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. The Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, and […]

Young Native Intern Prepares 431 Tax Returns on Cheyenne River

During the 2014 tax season Jesse Carlson, a young entrepreneur and 2013 graduate from Dupree High School, staffed the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site hosted by Four Bands Community Fund in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. She and another Four Bands staff member prepared 431 tax returns, resulting in $1.1 million being refunded to residents […]

Taylor Lawrence Increases Credit Score by 81 Points

Here’s how she did it: 2 financial education courses, 2 small dollar consumer loans, and 2 debt consolidation loans. Taylor has been working with Four Bands Community Fund since 2012 in order to build her personal financial management knowledge and gain experience with the responsible use of credit. She is on her way to her […]