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March 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming Events


Native Learning Center presents:
Youth Programs That Work Well Within Indian Country
March 7 at 12 p.m. MT
Registration is now OPEN

Native CDFI Network presents:
CDFI Fund NACA Webinar
March 9 at 12 p.m. MT
Registration is now OPEN

Oweesta presents:
NACA Application Tips & Strategies
March 14 at 1 p.m. MT
Registration is now OPEN

Oweesta presents:
Intro to OTIS
March 28 at 1 p.m. MT
Registration is now OPEN

Oweesta presents:
Loan Packaging as Earned Revenue Strategy
March 31 at 12 p.m. MT
Registration is now OPEN

Conferences & Trainings

Opportunity Finance Network and Carsey School of Public Policy present:
Certificate in Community Development Finance
March 14-17, 2017
Durham, North Carolina
Registration is now OPEN

First Nations Development Institute presents:
Business of Indian Agriculture
March 21-22, 2017
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Registration is now OPEN

NCRC presents:
2017 Annual NCRC Conference
March 28-30, 2017
Washington, DC
Registration is now OPEN

NAFOA presents:
35th Annual Conference
April 24-25, 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada
Registration is now OPEN


CDFI Fund NACA Grant

Through the Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program), Financial Assistance awards are made to Native CDFIs. These competitive awards are made in the form of loans, grants, equity investments, deposits, and credit union shares. By multiplying the impact of federal investment, Native CDFIs are able to pursue a variety of goals, from small business creation to affordable housing development, as well as other community development pursuits. Healthy Food Financing Initiative - Financial Assistance awards are also offered for CDFIs that are interested in expanding their healthy food financing activities. 

The NACA Program also provides Technical Assistance grants, offered to Native CDFIs, Certifiable Native CDFIs, and Sponsoring Entities (see eligibility below). Recipients may use Technical Assistance awards to increase their capacity to serve their communities and/or to create, or become Certified CDFIs. By building the capacities of Native CDFIs, these mission-driven organizations can more effectively help create jobs, housing, and community facilities for Native Communities in need. 

To access the grant materials, please follow the link below!

Upcoming NACA Webinars

Native CDFI Network's CDFI Fund NACA Webinar
March 9th at 1p.m. MT

The CDFI Fund is partnering with Native CDFI Network on a webinar for all potential FY 2017 Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program) Applicants. During the FY 2017 application webinar, the CDFI Fund will be presenting on the FY 2017 Application, providing guidance on application materials, and answering questions about the application. Follow the link below to register for the upcoming webinar!

NACA Tips and Strategies
March 14th at 1p.m. MT

Join Oweesta for this exciting webinar focusing on tips and strategies for writing a strong NACA application. Learn more about the process and develop a strategy for your organization! Follow the link below to register for the upcoming webinar!

In the Field

Building Native Communities:
Financial Skills for Families
5th Edition
Seattle, Washington

First Nations Oweesta Corporation, in partnership with KeyBank Foundation, presented the Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families Train-the-Trainer in Seattle, Washington on February 14-16, 2017.

This training offered 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 education programs in their communities.

Congratulations to the 35 graduates!

Native CDFI Success Story

Cha Piyeh, Inc.
Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico

In March of 2016, two clients came to Cha Piyah, Inc in the market to purchase their first home after renting for years.  They had a realtor and had already chosen a home on the reservation and close to their daughter's school, but it required major repairs. They fell in love with this home and decided they wanted to move forward with the purchase. After consulting with the Housing Authority, they were advised to visit Cha Piyeh, Inc. 

Cha Piyeh began meeting with the clients on a weekly basis to prepare them for loan qualification and financial readiness. Cha Piyah, Inc. was able to qualify the clients for the purchase of the home, including a rehab loan for the entire repair cost. The original selling price for the home was $32,900, however, the priced had dropped from $32,900 to $24,000 by the time the clients had reached the negotiation phase of the home purchase process. This started a bidding war between the clients and 3 other individuals. The final offer was accepted at $25,000 in July 2016, the loan closed, and rehabilitation on their home had begun.  

By maintaining themselves financially, the Cha Piyah, Inc. clients are able to say they are proud homeowner’s and looking forward to a new beginning in their lives.

Thank you Cha Piyah, Inc. for your hard work toward economic sustainability in the Ohkay Owingeh Tribal members!

For more information on Cha Piyah, Inc., please follow the link below!

Opportunity Finance Network Fellows Program

Oweesta's Heather Rademacher Taylor in the
2017 Opportunity Fellows Program

Congratulations to Oweesta's Program Officer, Heather Rademacher Taylor, on joining the inaugural class of the Opportunity Fellows, Opportunity Finance Network's innovative leadership program within the Community Development Financial Institution industry. Ms. Rademacher Taylor was chosen, along with 25 outstanding individuals, after intense competition and a rigorous selection process, including from over 100 highly qualified applicants.

To reach the full article, please follow the link below!

FREE 2017 VITA Marketing Materials

VITA Marketing Materials

First Nations Oweesta Corporation is excited to share our new, customizable 2016 Native VITA Marketing Materials, including Native VITA Flyer, Native VITA paycheck size flyer, Native VITA Site Business Cards, and Native VITA Site Volunteer Recruitment Flyer. Follow the link below to access the downloadable materials!

More information on Native VITA Sites can be found at the First Nations Development Institute Knowledge Center.  Please contact Christopher Hansen at or 303.774.8838 for questions or concerns regarding the VITA Marketing Materials. We appreciate any feedback!

Market Research


Oweesta Conducts Market Research on Financial Coaching

First Nations Oweesta is doing market research on the interest and capacity for financial coaching in Native CDFIs and Native organizations. Financial coaching is defined as the following:

-    Focuses on improving long-term financial behavior,
-    Facilitates clients to set and achieve financial goals largely on their own,
-    Helps clients practice new behaviors and monitors those behaviors over time, and
-    Targets clients with a minimum level of financial skills and experience.

If you are interested in telling us about your current financial coaching activities, or would like to offer an opinion on what capacity building activities are needed to scale financial coaching activities in Native communities, please reach out to Caleb Selby at

Grant Opportunities


Assets for Independence (AFI) Program

Application Deadline is April 3, 2017

AFI encourages applicants to start preparing applications now by reading the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and connecting with partners!

If you are planning to submit an application this April, consider joining the Intensive Coaching Cohort. Participants in this cohort will have an opportunity to plan their AFI projects and develop their applications with the support of the AFI Resource Center and other cohort participants. Participants will learn from each other's questions and ideas while staying on track to submit their applications by April 3.

For more information on the cohort and upcoming application, please follow the link below!



CDFIs Focused on Resilience Preparedness
Federal Funding Opportunity

Application Deadline is March 15, 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will issue a call for proposals under the joint-federal funding opportunity issued for the recently integrated Coastal Resilience Grants Program, and CDFIs that meet the criteria are eligible to apply. The estimated $15 million in funding for this program is based on the FY 2016 appropriated funding level. The Coastal Resilience Grants Program will support efforts to prepare coastal communities and ecosystems to withstand the impacts of extreme weather and climate-related hazards and make our Nation safer and economy more secure.

The Federal Funding Opportunity will be accessible through, with applications due on March 15, 2017.  Eligible funding applicants include nonprofit organizations, private (for profit) entities, institutions of higher education, regional organizations, and local, state, and tribal governments.  Each proposal may request between $100,000 to $2 million in federal funds. 

For more information on the upcoming application, please follow the link below!




Does Your Organization Need Loan Capital?

Are you a Native CDFI, Native nonprofit, or tribe that needs extra capital for lending to Native farmers, ranchers, or fishers? Check out our new Native Fresh Foods Fund loan product. Oweesta considers loan applications on a rolling basis. Application requirements include current and historical financial statements, portfolio reports, loan policies, current and historical financial statements, and a comprehensive business plan or comparable information. If you are interested in finding out more about our loan program, please visit or contact Emily Trump, Lending and Compliance Manager, at

Job Opportunities

Spirit of the Sun is seeking 5 qualified VISTA members to build the capacity of the California Indian Manpower Consortium in California, Elder Services with Quinault in Washington, Four Winds American Indian Council in Colorado, VISTA Leader- Spirit of the Sun in Colorado, and Oneida Housing Authority Community Engagement in Wisconsin, Kuru-Marketing & Development in Hawaii, Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture Institute in Arizona, Spirit of the Sun Marketing and Development in Colorado and Sault Saint Marie- Elders Services in Michigan! Successful VISTA applicants will work closely with these organizations to develop new and existing programs and resources to further their mission. For application information, please follow the link below!


The Board of Commissioners of the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA), in Juneau, AK, invites applications for the organization’s next President & CEO.
THRHA is a private, non-profit corporation established in 1973 by the Alaska state government, the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (CCTHITA), and the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency, under Alaska State Statute (S. 18.55.995). It serves as the regional housing authority for southeast Alaska as well as the Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE) for 12 tribes in the region. The organization has 50 regular full time and 80+ temporary staff, either located at the headquarters in Juneau or within the communities served across the southeast Alaska region. Its Board of Commissioners is appointed by CCTHITA.

To learn more about the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority and its mission, please visit

For details on the job posting, please follow the link below!

The Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute is searching for the next member of our energetic, mission-driven team. 

We have an immediate opening for a Program Associate who will manage the policy, research, and advocacy areas of our work. They will analyze the impact of current and proposed policies on Native American youth, and foster strategic relationships with stakeholders such as legislative staff, agency personnel and tribal leaders. Our new team member will also connect with Native youth directly, in tribal and urban Indian communities across the country as part of our regular youth outreach and engagement work.

Ready to put your passion and skills to work for Native youth? Know someone who can? Click here below to apply.

If you have a job opportunity available at your organization, share it with the industry by emailing our Communications Manager,

Miigwetch, Thank you, from Oweesta Staff!

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