Oweesta Corporation Newsletter: What is the Secondary Market?

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 Event

The Secondary Market: What is It and How Can I Access It?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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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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Employment Opportunities

Developer of Color and Small Landlord Capacity Building Program Manager 
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund

The Developers of Color and Small Landlord Capacity Building Program Manager is responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating GMHF’s emerging developer and small landlord capacity building program activities. Program activities will include providing 1) planning and technical support, 2) access to strategic partnership relationships, and 3) financing, for small landlords, emerging developers of color, and related housing organizations.

Resource Development Coordinator
First Nations Development Institute
The Resource Development Coordinator is responsible for a wide range of administrative duties supporting the resource development team and fundraising activities of the organization. This may include communicating with First Nations supporters to respond to requests for information, tracking donor communications, conducting prospect research and assisting in donor outreach activities.

Communications Manager 
First Nations Development Institute
The Communications Manager is responsible for implementing First Nations’ social media plan, as well as helping write and edit a wide range of overall communications vehicles in line with the organization’s vision, strategy and values. The Communications Manager works closely with the Senior Communications Officer and is responsible for end-to-end communications for key projects and specific program initiatives.

Director of Finance 
Oweesta Corporation
The Director of Finance will manage the day to day operations of the accounting department and assist the Chief Financial Officer.

Upcoming Events

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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Community Based Organization Vaccine Toolkit Discussion Group
Host: National Indian Health Board
Time: June 8, 12pm MTThis discussion group will feature an overview of the CBO Vaccine Toolkit. The toolkit was designed to help CBOs educate communities and promote vaccines as a prevention tool by sharing clear and accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines. There will also be an overview of new communication tools for adolescent vaccination.
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Navigating the American Rescue Plan Act
Host: Ash Center’s Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
Time: June 9, 2pm MTFrom setting tribal priorities, to building infrastructure, to managing and sustaining projects, the American Rescue Plan Act (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 the tribes take on the challenges presented by the Act, the Ash Center’s Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development is hosting a series designed to assist tribes, to help tribes learn from each other and from a wide array of guest experts.
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Tribal Communications and Organizations for Grant Writing
Host: U.S. Census Bureau and First Nation
Time: June 10, 10am MTHow can your tribal community access, navigate, and optimize data from the U.S. Census to best seek Tribal funding opportunities? Get answers in this free virtual webinar, hosted by the U.S. Census Bureau and First Nations titled, The Summit on “Tribal Communications and Organizations for Grant Writing.” Learn about online tools and resources, plus the census data available related to tribal lands and urban Indian communities.
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Using Housing Tax Credits and Other People’s Money to Build Housing
Host: Native Learning Center
Time: June 10, 12pm MTThis class will provide an in-depth look at one of the most valuable tools for developing housing in Indian Country and explore the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC program) in detail. Learn how tribes throughout the country are leveraging this program to achieve even greater housing outcomes and build more high quality, affordable units. The course will provide case studies of how other tribes are using the tool and insights into how it can be best leveraged alongside NAHASDA, Title VI secured debt, ICDBG, competitive IHBG funds, or other resources that may be available.
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Rural Health Care Industry
Host: USDA Rural Development
Time: June 10, 2pm MTJoin USDA Rural Development and members of the Rural Workforce Innovation Network (RWIN) for the next workshop of a monthly series. In this workshop, representatives from USDA Rural Development and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will participate in a panel discussion to share resources to support rural employees and employers in the health care industry.Interested parties must register by Tuesday, June 8. Registrants will receive a calendar invitation with the Microsoft Teams link 24 hours ahead of the meeting’s start time.
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Next Normal Now: Re-imagining Capitalism for Our Future
Host: Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
Time: June 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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Historic Preservation Tax Credits – Can They Work in Indian Country?
Host: Native Learning Center
Time: June 24, 12pm MT”Historic preservation tax incentives continue to drive investments in historic preservation and revitalize communities across the country,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith. “Over the past 40 years, this successful federal/state partnership has enabled the preservation and rehabilitation of more than 43,000 historic properties, while generating more than $144 billion in private investment along the way.” Tax credits attract private capital by reducing the amount of owner’s equity to secure financing and thus greatly increases the investor’s ROI- return on investment. How can this powerful tool, be mobilized in Indian Country?
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Virtual Artist Workshop – Business Plan & Marketing
Host: First Peoples Fund
Time: June 24-25This Virtual Native Artist Professional Development workshop covers the topics of Business Plan and Marketing. Artists can approach the creation of a business plan and implement marketing strategies to better sell their products, both in-person and online.
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Coordinated Environmental Review
Host: Native Learning Center
Time: June 28, 12pm MTThe National Environmental Policy Act calls for a comprehensive planning process to take place prior to the expenditure of federal funds, even if the federal share is only a small part of the overall enterprise. The webinar will outline NEPA and how it has worked since 1970, go over the CEQ initiative on coordinated environmental reviews, and spend time in small breakout rooms with facilitated discussions answering questions and listening to concerns.
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How TRP’s & TDHE’s Can Work Together
Host: Native Learning Center
Time: July 1, 12pm MTThere is a tendency for tunnel vision in organizations; for staff to focus on their program and not realize that other tribal arms can help them better accomplish program objectives. The webinar will outline the purpose and functioning of TRP’s and TDHE’s, report on case studies of successful collaboration, and suggest ways to get started.
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Camp Prosperity 2021: Advocacy Summer Camp Series
Host: Prosperity NowWelcome to Camp Prosperity 2021! Just as the summer camps of our youth were an opportunity to develop new skills, Camp Prosperity is an opportunity to elevate your readiness as an advocate of your community. If you camped with us last year, you know that Camp Prosperity is a 3-part virtual learning session aimed at local advocates, service providers, and practitioners interested in engaging in advocacy to strengthen financial security for the communities they serve. Camp participants will have the opportunity to learn from advocacy experts and share successes and challenges with a community of other advocates.

Time: June 29, 12pm MT

Successful Allyship in Grassroots Advocacy
 July 13, 12pm MT

Advocating for Equity-Centered Policies
 July 27, 12pm MT

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Transformative 25 Funds – BIPOC-led Funds
Host: Integrated Capital Investing
Time: July 7, 12pm MTJoin fund managers Laina Greene of Angels of Impact, Ojan Mobedshahi of East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative, Paul LaCerte of Raven Indigenous Capital Partners, Chrystel Cornelius of Oweesta Corporation, and Ed Whitfield of Seed Commons in a lively discussion about BIPOC-led funds and integrated capital strategies. Moderated by Sharlene Brown, Senior Fellow at Croatan Institute and director of the Institute’s Racial Equity, Economics, Finance, and Sustainability (REEFS) initiative.This Transformative 25 webinar will cover: 1) how are BIPOC-led funds adding value to the field of integrated capital, 2) why BIPOC leadership is effective in solving access to finance issues, and 3) strategies for growing this work.
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Grant Opportunities

Community Navigator Pilot Program
U.S. Small Business Administration 
The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched the Community Navigator Pilot Program, a $100 million grant program enacted through the American Rescue Plan Act, which will provide counseling, networking and the assistance needed during this time of economic recovery to the nation’s smallest businesses. The program will target small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, as well as women and veterans. Application Deadline: July 12, 2021.

Radical Imagination Grant
NDN Collective
10 Indigenous artists/culture bearers of all traditions, mediums and genres will be awarded grants of $50,000. Applicants must have demonstrated experience in producing or co-designing community art projects, managing funds and willingness to participate in broader community dialogue or participatory research. Deadline for Letter of Interest: June 18, 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

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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