Trainings & Technical Assistance

Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.

Institutional Capacity Building

We assist our clients with the development and strengthening of Native community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and like organizations.  Institution development and enhancement is often the starting place for many Native communities. These institutions, in particular the Native CDFIs, become the spring board or economic engine for the community change they desire. Our training, technical assistance and consulting are founded on the development of strong, viable institutions.

Oweesta offers expert training from committed professionals who have extensive experience in Native community economic development. NCFI consists of several programs that not only help participants assess how starting a Native CDFI can benefit their communities, but also takes them, step-by-step, through the process of establishing one of these proven and innovative financial institutions. Oweesta also offers follow-up technical assistance that allows participants to take advantage of a one-on-one customized approach to help reach milestones along the path of CDFI development.

NCDFI programs are offered one on one. Please contact Chief Operating Officer Krystal Langholz,, for more information.

Financial Education & Asset Building

Without programs like financial education, matched savings programs, entrepreneurship, homebuyer education and credit counseling, many of our clients would not be able to take their community members, their institution, and their economies to the next level.  We assist with the development and integration of many of these programs in a variety of institutions, empowering them to set their goals and achieve the impact they have sent their sights on.

Building Native Communities: Financial Education for Families offers expert training from certified instructors with firsthand experience in Native communities, who are committed to empowering Native communities throughout the country. BNC training delivers an innovative and culturally-appropriate training program to help Native organizations establish and sustain successful financial education programs. In addition, the Initiative offers follow-up technical assistance that allows participants to take advantage of a one-on-one customized approach to help them reach milestones in developing and maintaining a financial education program in their Native community.

BNC train the trainers are offered several times each year at convenient locations throughout the country. Oweesta staff are also willing to come train in your community. Please contact Programs Officer Tawny Wilson,, for more information.

Building Native Communities: Financial Coaching for Families offers training that will draw on fundamental Native values, returning us to the grounded belief that our clients must be the agents of change in their own lives. Through the training, financial education practitioners will learn tools and techniques to work with clients to create long-term financial behavior changes, set personalized goals, practice new financial behaviors, overcome challenges, and celebrate success.

Financial coaching trainings are offered several times each year throughout the country. Please contact Tawny Wilson,, with our Financial Education & Asset Building Department, for more information.

Products and Services

For a detailed list of our current services offered, please reference our Products & Services Guide below:



Certified BNC 4th Edition Trainers


Certified BNC 5th Edition Trainers


First Nations Oweesta Corporation
2432 Main Street
Longmont, CO 80501

Oweesta is an equal opportunity employer and provider.


Oweesta is the only existing Native CDFI intermediary offering financial products and development services exclusively to Native CDFIs and Native communities. Specifically, Oweesta provides training, technical assistance, investments, research, and policy advocacy to help Native communities develop an integrated range of asset-building products and services, including financial education and financial products.

Asset-building tools stimulate reservation economies by providing tribal members the opportunity to acquire financial management skills and build and accumulate assets through small business creation, homeownership, education, and much more.


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