Oweesta Newsletter: New Trainings Now Open

What’s New in the Native Financial Sovereignty Movement

Oweesta is proud to present a weekly round-up of events, trainings, and other opportunities geared towards the advancement of Native communities. Events and trainings are hosted by Oweesta or by partners who share our goal of transforming the economic landscape of our communities, building assets, and promoting our voices and advocacy efforts on behalf of Native communities and persistent poverty areas. All event times are shown based on Mountain time zone.

Contribute your upcoming events and opportunities to the newsletter by emailing comms@oweesta.org.

Upcoming Training

2021 Virtual Building Native Communities Train-the-Trainer TrainingJuly 12-16, 2021Oweesta Corporation is pleased to announce our upcoming 5th Edition Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families Train-the-Trainer, in partnership with Wells Fargo, on July 12-16, 2021, from 11am – 4:15pm MT.This training will offer a five-day, online instructor training and certification program to help Native CDFIs, tribes, and other Native organizations establish and sustain financial education programs in their communities. We will be accepting registration applications to attend this training until June 1, 2021, or until filled. Early and quality applications will be prioritized, so please register early and fully complete the following registration application. Due to the generosity of Wells Fargo, this training has no registration fees.This five-day training will cover:

  • Effective financial education training techniques and resources
  • An in-depth look at the Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families5th Edition curriculum

Upon completion of the training, participants will be prepared to successfully pass the Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families 5th Edition certification exam, becoming BNC-certified financial education trainers. Participants must attend and complete all days of training, participate in an oral presentation, and pass the exam to be certified as an instructor.For more information contact Stephanie Cote at stephanie@oweesta.org.Register Today

Upcoming Events

Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair
Host: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Time: May 26, 10am MTU.S. Department of Agriculture will showcase investments in reducing food loss and waste. This far will feature organizations such as the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions that are developing or marketing food loss and waste reducing technologies.
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GenderSmart Guide: Investing in First-Time Women and Diverse Fund Managers
Host: GenderSmart
Time: May 26, 10am MTPrivate equity and venture capital fields are failing to reach their full potential by limiting the access and participation of women and diverse first-time fund managers who are investing with a gender lens.In response to this problem, the First Time (Women and Diverse) Fund Managers Investing with a Gender Lens Initiative sponsored by Visa Foundation was launched in February 2020, bringing together key stakeholders to share challenges and solutions, collaborate on approaches, and adopt new ways of thinking focused on transforming the ecosystem of investment in first-time women and diverse fund managers investing with a gender lens.
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Rebuilding with Care: Advancing Quality Childcare in Rural Places
Host: The Aspen Institute
Time: May 26, 12pm MTOver the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the crucial role of childcare within a strong economy – as many parents, primarily women, have been forced to choose between earning a living or caring for their out-of-school children. Sadly, this is nothing new for rural places. Hear the learned experience, current approaches and practical lessons from rural childcare providers and organizations that support and advance their work to create a stronger and more viable rural childcare system.
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Alternatives to Foreclosure Webinar
Host: Freddie Mac
Time: May 26, 12pm MTAs a housing professional, you’re fully aware the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented economic hardship for so many, including those struggling to make their mortgage payments. Freddie Mac is hosting a free webinar session where you’ll learn about eligibility requirements for borrowers including forbearance options, repayment plans, COVID-19 payment deferral, and loan modifications.
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Impact Jobs
Host: CDFI Friendly America
Time: May 26, 1pm MTWe are living through an exciting “CDFI Moment” which means lots of CDFIs are hiring! In order to open doors and increase understanding between CDFIs and young professional and recent graduates, CDFI Friendly America is hosting the final of a four part webinar series, CDFI Work on 7 thing you need to know & do to get a CDFI job.
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How Tribal Governments Can and Can’t use ARPA
Host: Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
Time: May 26, 2pm MTFrom setting tribal priorities, to building infrastructure, and managing and sustaining projects, ARPA presents an unprecedented opportunity for the 574 federally recognized tribal nations to use their rights of sovereignty and self-government to strengthen their communities. As tribes take on the challenges presented by the ARPA, this series launched by the Harvard Project will feature tribal leaders, academics, experts in tribal law, and others to help tribes and policymakers best leverage the resources and opportunities made available through this new law.
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2021 Tax Season Debrief
Host: Prosperity Now
Time: June 1, 12pm MTNo filing season is without drama and this year was no exception! Prosperity Now is excited to hear more from your programs during their annual call-in tax season debrief. Their staff and wonderful NSC representatives are here to listen. They will take your questions, share your insights, and maybe have a few laughs along the way. Be sure to warm up your talking voice!
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How Do Researchers Partner with Indigenous Communities to Improve Health and Well-Being?
Host: Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health Leadership
Time: June 2, 10am MTResearchers from the Center for American Indian Health work alongside indigenous communities to improve resilience, optimal health, and well-being. Learn from Dr. Melissa Walls how the Healing Pathways Project, a community-based participatory research study in the Great Lakes region, is identifying and promoting traditions of strength and healing with 735 American Indian and First Nations youth and their families living in the northern Midwestern United States and Ontario, Canada.
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Capitalization Opportunities for Your Housing Loan Fund
Host: Oweesta and Native Learning Center
Time: June 3, 12pm MTThis webinar will share resources available via partnerships with local, state, and national programs that support homeownership lending. We will discuss the benefits of each program, as well as the requirements of the programs, and how your organization can pair with your loan portfolio or first mortgage.
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The Secondary Market: What is it and how can I access it?
Host: Oweesta and Native Learning Center
Time: June 8, 12pm MTThis webinar will discuss what the secondary market is and how can Native Community Development Financial Institutions (NCDFIs) or tribal home loan programs/non-profits access it. We will also discuss the criteria for qualification as well as challenges associated with accessing the secondary market.
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Ensuring and Expanding Access to Alternative Tax Preparation Services Fireside Chats
Host: Prosperity NowOver the past year, VITA sites across the country have experienced curveball after curveball, from shutting down mid-season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to moving nearly the entire program online, to multiple delayed Tax Days. With all this in mind, Prosperity Now will be hosting a series of three fireside chats with our Ensuring and Expanding Access to Tax Preparation Services in Underserved Communities cohort, with generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation. Over the last several months, they worked with six communities to support their work implementing alternative services, volunteer management and coalition building in this new virtual world. In these short Fireside Chats, you will hear directly from four of their partners on the following topics.

Volunteer Management for Alternative Service Delivery
 June 10, 2pm MT

Alternative Service Delivery and Client Outreach
 June 15, 1pm MT

Engaging Partners in a Coalition to Advance your Cause
 June 28, 2pm MT

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Next Normal Now: Re-imagining Capitalism for Our Future
Host: Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
Time: Jun 16, 7am MTEngage with leaders who are disrupting the status quo and innovators who are pushing our economic future not just toward a new normal, but toward the next normal beyond that. For impact investors looking for practical tools, new ideas, and conversations around innovative new investments, as well as the impact curious who are eager to learn about how money can do more than just make more money, this is the place for you.
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Money Smart for Small Business Town Hall
Host: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Time: June 17, 11am MTThe Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation will showcase their Money Smart Program which provides education to help people of all ages enhance their financial skills and create positive small business banking relationships.
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Tribal Business Startup Series Part 3: Market Research
Host: Native Learning Center
Time: July 18, 12pm MTDuring this webinar, you will be introduced to the marketing planning process to create your story. We will discuss how to explore your products, services and create marketing strategies around your tribal story.Training Objectives:

  • Developing a marketing plan
  • Explain the process of marketing research
  • Conduct market research

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Admissions and Occupancy Virtual Training
Host: Native Learning Center
Time: July 26-29This course will cover admissions and occupancy program management with topics to include the application and selection process, eligibility for housing assistance, calculating annual income, determining monthly rental or homeownership payments, occupancy standards, collections practices and compliance, effective communication techniques with residents, lease agreement compliance, and collections.
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BNC Youth Training
Host: Oweesta
Time: August 2-6This weeklong, virtual training provides an in-depth instruction of Building Native Communities: Financial Empowerment for Teens & Young Adults, a financial education curriculum designed for the financial empowerment of Native youth.
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BNC Financial Coaching Training
Host: Oweesta
Time: August 16-20This hands-on, interactive training, facilitated in partnership with Seven Sisters Community Development Group, will provide tools, resources, and an approach that will empower financial educators to engage in one-on-one coaching relationships with their clients.
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BNC Train-the-Trainer
Host: Oweesta
Time: November 1-5This training will offer a five-day, virtual instructor training and certification program to help participants establish and sustain financial education programs in their communities through an in-depth look at Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families 5th Edition curriculum.
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Grant Opportunities

FHLBank San Francisco is now accepting applications for their 2021 AHEAD Program grants. AHEAD grants are awarded to local nonprofits, government agencies, and Tribal organizations engaged in economic development activities to meet diverse local needs in Arizona, California, and Nevada; please visit their website to determine whether you are eligible based on the service area criteria. AHEAD grants support innovative, targeted initiatives that will create new economic opportunity by expanding proven development models or piloting new interventions.Please join an informational webinar to learn more about the application, disbursement, and compliance process. Register to attend the webinar on May 25, 11am MT or start your application for AHEAD Funding. Application Deadline: June 3, 2021Native American Agriculture Fund Grants

Native American Agriculture Fund
These grants support native American farmers and ranchers, with special emphasis on traditional foods, food sovereignty programs, lending, youth programming and agricultural sciences. There are two grant opportunities: 2021 RFA Process – General and 2021 RFA Process – Youth. Application Deadline for General: June 1, 2021.  Application Deadline for Youth: May 25, 2021.

Rural Business Development Grants – Transportation Systems 
U.S. Department of Agriculture 

USDA Rural Development is making grants available to improve rural transportation systems. Application Deadline: June 30, 2021

Small Dollar Loan Program
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) offers a new program that assists Certified CDFIs address the issue of expanding consumer access to mainstream financial institutions. This program offers funding to help unbanked and underbanked populations build credit, access affordable capital and allow greater access into the mainstream financial system. Application Deadline: June 29, 2021

Social and Economic Development Strategies Program 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans Grants for tribal community-based organizations, tribes and village governments for social and economic infrastructure development. Application Deadline: June 30, 2021

VITA Grant Application 
Internal Revenue Service
The 2022 TCE and VITA grant window is open until June 4. If you’re interested in applying for a VITA grant, check out IRS Publication 4671 for complete instructions. Application Deadline: June 4, 2021

Upcoming Event

6th Annual Native CDFI
Capital Access Convening

June 22-24, 2021

We invite you to join us virtually at the 6th Annual Native CDFI Capital Access Convening (#OCAC21), June 22-24, 2021 (Monday, June 21, 2021 is a pre-conference day).

Oweesta’s annual Native CDFI Capital Access Convening is a national event that brings together Native CDFIs, Native American Financial Institutions, partners, practitioners, funders, investors, and bankers for training and networking opportunities. Now, more than ever, we must rely on the power of community and lean on the networks and connections we have forged over time–which is why the theme for 2021’s Capital Access Convening is ‘Rooted in Community.’ View the event agenda and speaker information.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we’re able to offer free registrations to Native CDFIs. Make sure to select “Native CDFI” during the registration process to qualify.

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