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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Prosperity Summit Stipend Application Survey

Are you a Native CDFI planning to attend the Prosperity Now Prosperity Summit? There are travel stipends available if you apply by Wednesday, July 18.

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Join Opportunity Finance Network for a webinar Thursday, July 19 at 11am ET to learn about the GIIN's research on private debt funds!

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Northwest Area Foundation

Our grantee, Four Bands Community Fund is strengthening #NativeCommunities! The organization broke ground on its new building last week. The building will host a new office for Four Bands Community ... See more

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First Peoples Fund

Parfleche Boxes and Traditional Lakota Games workshop with artist Mike Marshall (Sicangu) happening this month as part of our Rolling Rez Arts class series. Classes are completely free!

July 18th at ... See more

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Northwest Area Foundation

OPPORTUNITY FRIDAY: If you're looking for research to back your case for more foundation giving to Native-led causes, you're in luck. A couple of weeks ago, First Nations Development Institute came ... See more

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In observance of the holiday, our office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th. We will resume regular office hours on Thursday, July 5th.

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Happy Birthday First Nations Development Institute! 38 looks good!

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NACDC Financial Services

Congratulations NACDC Financial Services!

NACDC FS was just approved as a USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) microlender. Look for upcoming announcements!

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Home | Reclaiming Native Truth

This is a very exciting project! Whether it's policy, media or educational narratives...we need to switch the message.

First Nations Development Institute and Crystal Echohawk / Communications ... See more

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Strong Communities Award | FHLB

Are you a strong community? We know you're out there. Why don't you cast your vote for your town! Submit a Strong Communities Award application before August 10, 2018 for your chance to win $15,000! ... See more

Apply Today! What does the award measure? Impact The project identified economic development needs of the community and provided a solution. Results The project demonstrated specific economic ... See more

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First Nations Development Institute

Thank you for sharing First Nations Development Institute, we are sorry to hear of this loss and extremely grateful to have worked with Susan White during her time on our board.

We are deeply saddened at the passing yesterday of Susan White of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Susan was a Board member of First Nations Development Institute until having to resign for health ... See more

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Mark your calendars - July 18 in Denver. Opportunity Finance Network Western Regional Meeting! Scholarships available, please let us know if you’re interested. #oweesta ... See more

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The US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty

Our Executive Director, Chrystel Aurora Cornelius, is heading to Birmingham, Alabama this week and is looking forward to representing Indian County at the U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty ... See more

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Excited to discuss strategies to streamline mortgage lending on Indian trust land. #NativeHomeownership #TLHH

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Submit a Strong Communities Award application before August 10, 2018 for your chance to win $15,000! Thank you @fhlb You guys are awesome! #economicdevelopment #community #ncdfi #nativecdfi

Save the date - July 18. OFN Western regional meeting in Denver with @OppFinance. Scholarships available! #ncdfi

Tribes, lenders, and federal agencies will gather in Indian Country Creating the Opportunity for Choice on July 10 @Minneapolisfed to make #NativeHomeownership a real opportunity in #IndianCountry. @Fedindiancenter @EnterpriseNow @neighborworks>

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