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April 23, 2018 | Native CDFIs’ Beauty and Promise V: Mike Wilson of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Shares Why Native CDFIs Are Engines for Economic Growth in Indian Country

Serving a significant Native population can be a huge opportunity to strengthen local...

March 30, 2018 | Native CDFIs’ Beauty and Promise IV: Oweesta Launches $10M Native CDFI Capital Pool to Fund Growth in Indian Country

The $10M capital pool responds to climbing capital demands. First Nations Oweesta...

March 12, 2018 | Native CDFIs’ Beauty and Promise III: Ted Piccolo of NNDF on How Its Native-Rooted Lending Approach Is Key to Its Growing Success in Indian Country

Culturally tailored financial services build long-lasting relationships with Native...

February 20, 2018 | Native CDFIs’ Beauty and Promise II: Krystal Langholz of Oweesta Uncovers What Makes Native CDFIs a Winning Investment in Indian Country

First Nations Oweesta Corporation supports Native CDFIs’ growth and innovation. Few...

February 2, 2018 | Native CDFIs’ Beauty and Promise I: Angie Main of NACDC Financial Services Shows Us how Native CDFIs Are Growing and Innovating

This is the first in a series highlighting Native CDFI leaders and funders. On Nov. 10,...

January 10, 2018 | Native CDFI Survey: What You Said, What We Learned

Last fall, we surveyed people to improve our partnership and collaboration with Native...

December 20, 2017 | See How Four Bands Community Fund Advances Community-Driven Work that Leads to Thriving Local Economies

Icahya Woecun means The Place to Grow in Lakota. This phrase is central to the work of...

December 14, 2017 | Financial Institutions, Funders, Native CDFIs: A $5M Collaboration that Unlocks the Potential of Indian Country

On Nov. 10, we launched a $5 million funding collaboration with the Federal Home Loan...

November 30, 2017 | Oweesta’s Krystal Langholz Speaks Up on Native Gathering Day and Shares Four Major Insights About Investing in Native Communities

Rooted in the cultural and historical context of Native communities, Native community...

November 20, 2017 | Native American Development Corporation: Finding opportunities to link tribes with funding that puts them on the map

The Native American Development Corporation (NADC) has a long, successful history of...

November 10, 2017 | Announcing a $5M Collaboration to Bridge Investors and Native Communities Through Native CDFIs!

Today, we’re thrilled to announce a $5 million funding collaboration between the...

October 27, 2017 | Northwest Native Development Fund: A Winning Partnership with a National Bank Helps Grow Prosperity in Indian Country

The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) supports small, Native-owned businesses on...

September 26, 2017 | Oweesta Executive Director Chrystel Cornelius on Why We’ve Teamed Up to Fund Scholarships for Native CDFIs This Week

We support Native CDFIs because they’re dynamic, trusted partners for opportunity. We’ve...

September 21, 2017 | Standing with Native CDFIs to Advance Economic and Cultural Prosperity at the OFN Conference Sept. 26–28!

We’re also partnering with First Nations Oweesta Corporation at the pre-conference...

August 16, 2017 | Looking for Engines of Opportunity in Indian Country? See Our Just-Released 2017 Annual Report.

Native community development financial institutions (CDFIs) are dynamic and trusted...

June 30, 2017 | How Do You Expand Opportunity in Indian Country? Partner with a Native CDFI.

Native CDFIs are dynamic and trusted financial partners, opening doors to loans, credit,...

January 14, 2016 | How Safe Loans from Taala Fund Lead to Thriving Children

A couple of years ago, Ruby Pope couldn’t keep track of her savings, money she earned...

Native CDFIs are engines of opportunity, offering access to fair, affordable funding for hardworking businesses and families in Indian Country.

Rooted in the cultural and historical context of Native communities, Native CDFIs are weavers, connecting the elements necessary to build thriving local economies.

We are committed to Native CDFIs, which cultivate the partners, funding, and networks necessary for Native communities to prosper—growing jobs, supporting small businesses, creating self-sufficiency, and bringing dreams to life for multiple generations.

Native CDFIs Are Knowledgeable Partners for Building Lasting Prosperity in Native Communities

Native CDFIs are a powerful means by which Native communities are building long-term economic and cultural wealth. They connect families and communities with the resources necessary to bring dreams to life for multiple generations. Native CDFIs are committed to self-determination and helping Native communities overcome challenges of accessing credit and building assets. They’re strong investments, offering expertise that advances economic development and impact.

We support Native CDFIs because they channel the power of local, community-based economic development that grows jobs, strengthens Native communities, and advances small business and entrepreneurs, whether they exist on reservations or elsewhere.

We’ve made deep investments in Native CDFIs for five years, evolving from our commitment to invest 40 percent of our Foundation’s grantmaking in Native-led organizations. In total, we have made $35.4 million in grants to Native-led organizations between 2012 and 2017.


We strongly support the incredible work of these Native CDFIs and encourage you to visit their websites to get to know more about them.

Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund

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Black Hills Community Loan Fund

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

First Nations Oweesta Corporation

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

First Ponca Financial


Four Bands Community Fund, Inc.

Website  |  Facebook

Lakota Funds

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

Mazaska Owecaso Otipi Financial


Native American Community Development Corporation (NACDC) Financial Services, Inc.

Website  |  Facebook

Native American Development Corporation

Website  |  Facebook  |  LinkedIn

Native CDFI Network

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  LinkedIn

Nimiipuu Community Development Fund

Website  |  Twitter

Northwest Native Development Fund

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  LinkedIn

Oyate Community Development Corporation

Website  |  Facebook

People’s Partner for Community Development

Website  |  Facebook

Rosebud Economic Development Corporation

Website  |  Facebook  |  LinkedIn

Taala Fund

Website  |  Facebook

White Earth Investment Initiative


“Native CDFIs are weavers, connecting families, communities, and entrepreneurs to the resources necessary to bring dreams to life for multiple generations.”

— Kevin Walker, President & CEO, Northwest Area Foundation

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