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The Power of CDFIs in Indian Country
Training Description:
Native Community Development Financial Institutions are specialized financial institutions that work with people or communities that are underserved by traditional financial institutions. Learn about the different ways CDFI's can be structured, why they are important, and how they make a difference in Native communities.

Training Objectives: 
•	What is a Native CDFI?
•	Identify benefits & impacts within a Native Communities 
•	Discuss and compare best practices
•	How do I start a CDFI?

Instructor

Lanelle Smith
Lanelle Smith, Program Manager for First Nations Oweesta, is an experienced technical assistance provider who runs Oweesta’s new back-office service program. Formerly, Lanelle served as principal for Black Feather Development, LLC, and an independent consultant firm providing services to organizations focused on increasing organizational capacity.
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The Native Learning Center is a Model Program supported by the Indian Housing Block Grant awarded by the Office of Native American Programs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The opinions contained in education, training and technical assistance sessions are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Native Learning Center, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Office of Native American Programs, or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. References to specific agencies, organizations, firms, products, services, processes and procedures should not be considered an endorsement by the listed entities. Rather, the references are informational and illustrations to supplement discussions of the issues.

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