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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