Montana Native Growth Fund (MNGF)
Tonya Plummer is Executive Director for Montana Native Growth Fund (MNGF), a Native CDFI based on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana with a vision to build strong, sustainable Indigenous communities. Tonya brings specialized skills and insight from her career experience in all aspects of mortgage banking, and a passion to inspire a renewed and culturally empowered rise in tribal homeownership as a cornerstone of stimulating and stabilizing tribal economies. Tonya held a key role in guiding the Fort Belknap Indian Community to become the first rural plains tribe to adopt the Hearth Act and create the legal infrastructure more conducive to mortgage lending. She carries a leadership role in the creation and establishment of a statewide coalition to foster Montana Native Homeownership opportunities. She is a bridge-builder, creating networks of opportunity and key partnerships to bring capital and development services for homeownership, small business, and food sovereignty.
Tonya is an enrolled tribal member of Assiniboine, Sioux, and Cree heritage, and has raised her four children in Montana where she was born.
She loves hunting, kayaking, and singing and believes in the goodness of our Creator as a foundation for living deliberately, seeking the good and uplifting others while honoring her family and name “Oat E Wiya”, or “Thunder Woman”. Tonya wholeheartedly supports the mission of Native community development financial institutions and knows that together, we create the best opportunities for Native economic development.