Partner Message: 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.

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NeighborWorks Virtual Training Institute

Date: August 17-21, 2021

Given the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, NeighborWorks America has quickly pivoted to an online training focus that will provide much-needed instruction and best practice-sharing on timely topics, including pandemic response, HUD certification and other affordable housing, nonprofit management and community develop subjects.

They have built out a week of high-quality online training and convening that will provide the kind of comprehensive professional development experience our participants have counted on for more than thirty-five years. Oweesta and Seven Sisters Consulting are proud to provide Native-centered offerings. Registration and applications for scholarships are now open.

NA001 Financial Education and Coaching in Native Communities

Taught by Oweesta

Financial education and coaching are proven methods to help Native clients achieve financial well-being. In this webinar, you will gain significant knowledge and learn best practices in laying the foundation for more inclusive financial capability programming for Native communities. This course will focus on these key components, helping coaches and counselors to communicate the benefits of their financial capability programs. Gain insight into the differences between the best practices of group financial education versus one-on-one coaching.

NA247vc Post-Purchase Homeownership Education Methods in Native Communities

Taught by Seven Sisters

This multi-week, faculty-led online course is a Train the Trainer curriculum designed for the purpose of preserving homeownership in Native communities.​ Participants will be able to design and deliver an effective Post-Purchase homeownership education program that promotes homeownership sustainability for Native families.

NA247vc meets once a week for four weeks for 90 minutes. Additional self-directed learning and online peer exchange is expected.

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Native CDFI Awards are Open!

In 2019, Wells Fargo, Oweesta Corporation, and OFN launched the Native CDFI Awards. The three-year program honors and supports Native CDFIs that are creating opportunity and promoting self-sovereignty in Indian Country nationwide.

To advance the work of Native CDFIs, in 2021, the Native CDFIs Awards are offering two awards:

  • The Native CDFI Catalyst Award is a $100,000 grant to one Native CDFI with a compelling strategy.
  • The Native CDFI Seed Capital Award is a $25,000 grant to one Native CDFI to support a strategy with great potential.

Strategies might include but are not limited to COVID-19 recovery efforts; new products or new product innovations; geographic expansion; product scaling; product and program replication; and back-office infrastructure development.

Applications for the 2021 Native CDFI Awards close on August 13, 2021. Read the Awards guidelines and learn how to apply on the Native CDFI Awards website.

Upcoming Events

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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Appraisal Training for Housing Counselors
Host: Freddie Mac
Time: July 28, 12pm MTThe current environment of rising costs and limited housing inventory – during a global pandemic nonetheless – is creating market challenges across the board. In this free webinar session, you’ll learn what goes into the appraisal process, the latest trends, and how as a trusted advisor you can help your clients obtain the keys to the front door of their new home.
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Grant Writing When You are NOT a Grant Writer
Host: Native Learning Center
Time: July 29, 12pm MTTribal Housing professionals are no strangers to switching hats. When the Covid-19 pandemic pressure was on, many Tribal organizations and program managers had to figure out how to switch gears and write grants to seek new public and private funding. In this webinar, we will discuss essential grant writing techniques that can help anyone become a successful grant writer.
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Investing in Indian Country: Mid-Year Market Update Webinar
Host: First Nations Development InstituteAs we pass the midway point of 2021, the nation is experiencing double-digit stock market gains, millions of Americans back to work, and the highest personal savings rate in years. But what happens next? In this new webinar, First Nations’ Programs Consultant Shawn Spruce provides a thorough analysis of current economic trends and what they mean to financial goals. Register for either or both of these upcoming sessions:

Mid-Year Market Update
July 28, 1pm MT
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Mid-Year Market Update
 August 9, 1pm MT
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Grant Opportunities

Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program 
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD’s Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, offers grant funding to qualified agencies to modify or rehabilitate the primary residences for eligible veterans. Application Deadline: July 30, 2021

NTIA-Broadband Infrastructure Program
U.S. Department of Commerce
Funding to build broadband infrastructure. Application Deadline: August 17, 2021

Native Youth And Culture Fund Grant Opportunity 2021
First Nations Development Institute
First Nations began the NYCF in 2002 with the belief that Native youth represent the future of Native communities and that their health and well-being determine the future overall health and well-being of a community. This funding is available as general operating support and can be used to build organizational/programmatic capacity, increase sustainability, or for specific youth project-focused activities. Application Deadline: August 19, 2021

Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP)
U.S. Department of Commerce
Eligible national and regional organizations may apply for grants to purchase home sites and develop or improve the infrastructure needed to set the stage for sweat equity and volunteer-based homeownership programs. Application Deadline: August 23, 2021

Cooperating to Enhance Native American Food Economies

Host: Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF)This multi-day event will begin with an overview of Reimagining Native Food Economies: A Vision for Native Food and Agriculture Infrastructure Rebuilding and Recovery. Published by NAAF, this report provides an infrastructure framework to harness Indian Country’s economic and nutritional potential to recover from COVID-19 and propel sustainable rural economic development.

Welcome to the Conversation; Introduction and Frame Setting
August 2, 10am MT

Cooperative Development in Creating Thriving Food Economies
August 3, 10am MT

Cooperatives in Indian Country: Opportunities and Challenges
August 4, 10am MT

Imagining a Cooperative Native Food System
August 5, 10am MT

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How Native Nations Can Invest in Infrastructure

Host: Ash Center for Democratic Governane & Innovation
Time: August 4, 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.  During this session, the sixth in the series, following a round of discussion between the panelists a brief Q+A session will be held to maximize the opportunities for audience participation.
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Tribal Stewardship in the Northern Great Plains

Host: First Nations Development InstituteThe grasslands of the Northern Great Plains are one of the most crucial and often overlooked ecosystems in the world.In these two webinars, four participating community partners in First Nations’ Mapping Ecological Stewardship Opportunities (MESO) project showcase land and wildlife stewardship initiatives, highlighting models, best practices, and strategies that generate Tribal opportunities through ecological stewardship.

Tribal Stewardship in the Northern Great Plains – Part 1

Time: August 4, 12pm MT
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Tribal Stewardship in the Northern Great Plains – Part 2

Time: August 12, 12pm MT
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State of Manufactured Housing in a Post-Pandemic Economy

Host: Prosperity NowWhile the past year has brought unprecedented challenges, the mission of the I’M HOME Network remains the same. With this mission in mind, this September 21 and 22, Prosperity Now will host a virtual I’M HOME Network forum focused on The State of Manufactured Housing in a Post-Pandemic Economy. The aim of these discussions is twofold: to reflect on the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and to identify opportunities for sustainable growth as the virus fades into the past.

Ensuring Resident Stability in the Wake of the Pandemic
September 21, 11am MT
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Duty to Serve: Examining Federal, State, and Local Policy to Support and Protect Manufactured Housing
 September 21, 1pm MT
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Building a More Resilient Manufactured Housing Industry
September 22, 11am MT
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Reimagining the Future of Manufactured Housing
 September 22, 1pm MT
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Food Sovereignty Symposium & Festival

Host: National Science Foundation
Time: September 17-19The inaugural Food Sovereignty Symposium & Festival was held March 10-12, 2017 on the University of Wisconsin campus and surrounding sites in Madison, Wisconsin.  The symposium component of event is focusing on Indigenous and broader topics of food sovereignty that impact how communities and individuals control and manage their food systems, and the festival component is a celebration of Indigenous, local, and regional foods.
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Finance & Tribal Economies Conference

Time: September 27-28NAFOA is excited to welcome everyone back to gather safely in person. Their conference brings together tribal, state, federal and industry partners in one educational forum to discuss important economic issues facing Indian Country. Register today to take advantage of great networking (remember those days?) and the informative educational sessions.
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Employment Opportunities

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.

Director, Isleta Pueblo Housing Authority 
Isleta Pueblo Housing Authority
Accomplishes the Tribes Housing strategic objectives by planning, organizing, and directing all functions required to operate and maintain activities to enhance the quality of life by providing, safe, sound, and affordable housing and good quality homes for members of the Pueblo of Isleta.

Tribal Relations Specialist 
USDA Rural Development
This position is located in the Office of the Director, Strategic Engagement Division, Innovation Center, Rural Development (RD), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The incumbent will serve as a Tribal Relations Specialist in support of RD’s Native American Coordinator and to increase the availability and utilization of RD programs on tribal lands. There are 2 vacancies to be filled, 1 in Location Negotiable within the state of Oklahoma and 1 in Location Negotiable after selection.

A Virtual Q&A on the positions will be hosted on Tuesday, July 27 at 11am MT. Join Here> 

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