First Nations Oweesta Corporation’s mission is to provide opportunities for Native people to develop financial assets and create wealth by assisting in the establishment of strong, permanent institutions and programs contributing to economic independence and strengthening sovereignty for all Native communities.

Training & Technical Assistance

Oweesta offers culturally appropriate training programs to help Native organizations establish and sustain financial education. Oweesta assists certified and emerging Native CDFIs with individualized training and technical assistance with systematic multi-faceted program delivery. Our goal is to help create and sustain healthy and thriving Native CDFI operations.

Lending & Capitalization

As the only existing Native CDFI intermediary, Oweesta is supported by both debt and equity investments to our capitalization base allowing us to offer diverse financial products and development services to Native communities across the nation. Oweesta understands the crucial need for investment capital in Native CDFIs and is dedicated to creating appropriate loan products enabling reinvestment of capital back into Native communities.

Research & Policy Advocacy

As a leader in the Native CDFI industry, Oweesta strives to inform potential investors, federal agencies, and the general public on the current industry climate. By speaking out on relevant issues, we are able to effect change at state and federal levels to further not only our efforts, but the efforts of our clients to create healthy, thriving local economies. We encourage Native communities to join us in our advocacy work. It is within unity that we will find strength in our collective voice.

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3 days ago
5th Edition Building Native Communities - Native Learning Center

Our next Building Native Communities training is coming up with NLC March 20-22. Check the website for info! #oweesta ... See more

This training will offer a three day, state-of-the-art instructor training and certification program to help Native CDFIs, tribes and other Native organizations establish and sustain financial ... See more

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4 days ago

Phones are up and running again if you need to call us!

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4 days ago

We have been experiencing technical issues and our phones are down. If you need to reach us, please email the staff person you want to reach and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We are ... See more

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4 days ago
Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

#vote2rise @ the Capitol for opening day at the Hawai‘i State Legislature. CHHA registered 200 new voters! #IamHawaiiamandIVote #VotingIsMyKuleana

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5 days ago
Timeline Photos

Tax season is coming! Our new VITA materials are out, please check the website for your materials. http://ow.ly/oDHg30hQ2wn

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1 week ago
Northwest Area Foundation

Results are in! Remember the Native CDFI survey first posted last fall? More than 170 of you responded. You gave us some great feedback. In short, people are just as inspired by #NativeCDFIs as we ... See more

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1 week ago
Sweet Grass Consulting, LLC

Great opportunity in Denver with Native American Bank!

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1 week ago
First Nations Development Institute

Congratulations First Nations Development Institute! Northwest Area Foundation continues its amazing support of Native communities!

Today we announced we received a $250,000 grant from Northwest Area Foundation to support our “Changing Native Food Economies” project to help develop diverse and resilient tribal economies. ... See more

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2 weeks ago
Partner Message: Register for Prosperity Now & the Native CDFI Network Webinar this Thursday

Partner Message: Register for Prosperity Now & the Native CDFI Network Webinar this Thursday -

Join Prosperity Now and the Native CDFI Network (NCN) on Thursday, January 11 from 3-4 pm EST (noon-1 pm PST / 1-2 pm MST / 2-3 pm CST) for an intimate "virtual coffee" webinar to learn about the ... See more

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2 weeks ago
Northwest Area Foundation

RINGING OUT THE YEAR: What does it mean to be "financially underserved"?

It refers to people who have little to no access to wealth-building products. It's a big problem affecting over 200,000 ... See more

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2 weeks ago

Thanks for the post-holiday surprise Northwest Native Development Fund!

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4 weeks ago
Timeline Photos

Merry Christmas to all. Enjoy a fun, safe and joyous holiday!

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1 month ago

Thank you to Cuny Communications and United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. for the thoughtful gifts! And a final thank you to everyone who sent us cards and well wishes for the holiday season! We ... See more

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1 month ago
Northwest Area Foundation

Want a happy story this holiday season about SUCCESS in #IndianCountry?

Native entrepreneurs are powering the Theory of Change model of Four Bands Community Fund that’s lifting up communities on ... See more

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1 month ago

We work with the best people! Thanks Debbie Gowensmith - we love working with you and appreciate the holiday gift!

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Our next Building Native Communities training is coming up wit https://t.co/9K11P9wAxd @nativelearningc March 20-22. Check the website for info! #oweesta

Tax season is coming! Our new VITA materials are out, please check the website for your materials. #nativecdfi https://t.co/hyhJoCrec8

Merry Christmas to all. Enjoy a fun, safe and joyous holiday!

What is Icahya Woecun? For #NativeCDFI @FourBands, it means #entrepreneurship and #AssetBuilding. Read and share the profile: https://t.co/CCccjlrNCM

We are honored to share this recent grant award from the USDA that will further our work with a few of the many great Native CDFIs. #cdfi #nativeamerican #ncdfi #oweesta https://t.co/7UPSAwFpFf

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