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2020

Native CDFI Awards Recognize Two CDFIs for Vision, Ingenuity in Responding to COVID-19-related Economic Crisis in Indian Country

11/09/20 – The 2020 Native CDFI Awards honored two Native community development financial institutions (CDFIs) — Cook Inlet Lending Center in Alaska and Black Hills Community Loan Fund in South Dakota — for their unique approaches to helping Native-owned small business survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watch Jeff Tickle, general manager, Cook Inlet Lending Center, and Carol Gore, president/CEO, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, accept the 2020 Native CDFI Catalyst Award at the OFN 2020 Annual Conference.

Watch Onna LeBeau, executive director, Black Hills Community Loan Fund, accept the 2020 Native CDFI Seed Capital Award at the OFN 2020 Annual Conference.

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2019

New Native CDFI Awards Celebrate the Vision, Ingenuity, and Transformational Impact of Native CDFIs

10/21/19 – Across the U.S., Native community development financial institutions (CDFIs) bring opportunity to Native communities with financing, education, and creative partnerships. They create jobs and pave paths to homeownership. Rooted in Native culture and history, these CDFIs provide access to capital for locally-owned businesses and spark economic growth. Today, two of these mission-driven lenders were honored by a new Native CDFI Awards program, established by Opportunity Finance Network, First Nations Oweesta Corporation and Wells Fargo.

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