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Four Bands Expands Team for Renewed Focus on Youth
September 20, 2016
Four Bands recently added two new staff members to support the organization's renewed focus on delivering programs designed to increase financial capability and entrepreneurial skills of the youth population on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.
Read the full story.

Lakota Mowrer Keynotes Entrepreneur Awards Luncheon on Umatilla Indian Reservation
June 8, 2016
Lakota Mowrer, Executive Director of Four Bands, provided the keynote address at an annual entrepreneurial awards luncheon for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. As the Confederated Tribes have been exploring the idea of establishing a Native community development financial institution, Mowrer explained the community development approach that Four Bands and other Native CDFIs typically use.
Read the full story on page 23 here.

$1.5 Million Invested in South Dakota's Native-Owned Businesses
May 2, 2016
Four Bands is celebrating a milestone as it reaches a total of $1.5 million in loans deployed to support over 60 Native American-owned small business start-ups and expansions throughout the state. The organization expanded its target market two years ago to serve all tribal members residing in South Dakota. Previously, they only served the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.
Read more.
Read the story on Round House Talk.
Listen to the story on SD Public Radio.

Four Bands Accepts Award at RES Las Vegas
March 22, 2016
A Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, and a Navajo woman entrepreneur whose company just celebrated 20 years of serving Indian country, received much-deserved awards at the Business to Business Collaboration Luncheon on day one of the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Las Vegas, March 21-24. The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development honored the nonprofit and Native leader for their significant contributions with a Small Business Empowerment Award and Native Woman Business Owner of the Year Award, respectively.
Read more.

New Initiative Designed to Attract $2 Million in Investments to Reservation
February 9, 2016
Four Bands Community Fund has announced that it launched an initiative called Opportunity Finance for Native Markets. The initiative, funded by a $51,000 grant from the Citi Foundation, is designed to attract $2 million in new sources of capital and support private sector growth on the reservation. Through the Opportunity Finance for Native Markets initiative, Four Bands will collaborate with other local financial institutions and community leaders to develop and implement an outreach campaign to engage lenders, investors, and funders and build financial leadership on the reservation.
Read the press release.

USDA's Strikeforce Brings Aid to Rural Indian Country
October 8, 2015
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced nearly $9 million in grants to help assist farmers and ranchers who are socially disadvantaged, tribal members or veterans. Many of the recipients are part of USDA's StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity, a program established in 2010 to address issues related to rural poverty.
Read the full story.

Municipalities Partner to Build Workforce in South Dakota
September 25, 2015
In an unprecedented step, various state, city, tribal, and nonprofit entities are partnering to address a pressing need to fill over 600 job vacancies in Pierre, South Dakota, while lowering unemployment rates on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. The partnership stemmed from a meeting on September 18, 2015 in Eagle Butte, South Dakota where participants pooled resources and strategized to develop mutually beneficial workforce development solutions.

Read the press release.
Read the story on Indian Country Today.
Listen to the interview on SD Public Radio.

Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation Named as Winner in SBA Start Up in a Day Competition
August 4, 2015
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced 28 winners of the first ever Startup in a Day Competition, totaling $1.6 million in cash prizes.

The winners are located in 19 states and the District of Columbia, representing a wide array of cities and Native American communities. Startup in a Day is an initiative announced by President Obama earlier this year designed to help cities and Native American communities streamline the licensing, permitting, and other requirements needed to start a business in their areas, with the goal that an entrepreneur can apply for everything necessary to begin a business within one business day.

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Leader in Native American Economic Development Shares Insight at National Gathering
June 10, 2015
Tanya Fiddler (Cheyenne River Sioux), Executive Director of Four Bands Community Fund, shared how rural and Native communities have played a vital role in America's economic recovery and growth during a panel, titled "New Horizons: Unlocking the Potential of Rural America," at the Clinton Global Initiative's (CGI's) 2015 America Meeting.
Read the full story.
Listen to the interview on South Dakota Public Radio.

Winners Announced for SD CEO Women in Business Awards
May 15, 2015
The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University announced the winners of the Women in Business Awards during the sixth annual Celebrating Women in Business luncheon held today, May 15, at the Spearfish Holiday Inn Convention Center. Tanya Fiddler, Executive Director of Four Bands Community Fund, received the Enterprising Friend of Small Business Award.
Read the full story.

Fiddler Named Asset Building Champion for Work in Improving Reservation Economy
May 6, 2015
Tanya Fiddler, Four Bands Community Fund Executive Director, received a national award naming her as an Asset Builder Champion by the Center for Global Policy Solutions.
Read the press release.
Listen the the story as aired on South Dakota Public Radio.

Financial Institutions Collaborate to Maximize Financial Capability During Land Consolidation Phase of Cobell Settlement
April 8, 2015
On the morning of April 3, 2015 a group of seven financial institutions and the Department of Interior gathered in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, to strategize on the anticipated influx of cash onto the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation as a result of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations - a program that has the potential to deliver $69 million into the pockets of over 8,100 the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe's members.
Read the full story.
Listen to the interview on SD Public Radio.

Native American Nonprofit Aims to Boost Reservation Economy by Promoting Cultural Tourism
January 29, 2015
Over the next two years, Four Bands Community Fund, a community loan fund and nonprofit organization that primarily serves the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, will implement a project to assist 100 Native Americans in building an art business by providing access to loan capital, equity injections, and professional development training. Participating artists and others will become the centerpiece of a cultural tourism marketing campaign designed to promote Cheyenne River as a destination.
Read the press release.
Learn more about the Kresge/Surdna C4 program.
Listen the the story on South Dakota Public Radio.

Calling Home
October 30, 2014
Despite low income upward mobility on many reservations, more Native Americans are calling them home, where culture often comes before commerce. This article in the October 2014 issue of the fedgazette features Four Bands and many of our community partners.
Watch a video introduction.
Read the full article.

Facing Failure with Tanya Fiddler
October 23, 2014
When failure is your starting point, there is nowhere to go but up. Tanya Fiddler shares the story of Four Bands Community Fund. Read the full story on the Pollen website.

Cheyenne River Woman Advocates for Investing in Indian Country at White House
August 6, 2014
On July 24, 2014, Tanya Fiddler, Executive Director of Four Bands Community Fund, spoke on a panel at the Rural Opportunity Investment (ROI) Conference hosted by the White House Rural Council in Washington, D.C. The panel titled, "Co-Investing with Treasury," raised awareness of U.S. Treasury-supported programs that are designed to connect large-scale private investment and smaller-scale capital needs in rural America, including Indian reservations. Read the full story.

Four Bands Utilizes Video Conferencing Technology to Provide Business Training on Rosebud Reservation
June 27, 2014
Earlier this month Four Bands Community Fund awarded five aspiring entrepreneurs with a certificate of completion for their CREATE (Cheyenne River Entrepreneurial Assistance Training and Education) course, bringing the total number of CREATE graduates to over 400. One of the graduates was Josh Dillabaugh, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, who took the class from Mission, South Dakota by utilizing video conferencing technology. Read the full story. Read the full story.

Young Entrepreneur Prepares Taxes for Cheyenne River Residents
May 15, 2014
This tax season Jesse Carlson, a 2013 graduate from Dupree High School, staffed the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site hosted by Four Bands Community Fund in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. She and another Four Bands staff member prepared 431 tax returns, resulting in $1.1 million being refunded to residents of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. Read the full story.

Native American Non-profits Announce Economic Impact of Free Tax Preparation Sites
April 29, 2014
While April as National Financial Literacy Month came to a close, members of the Great Plains Native Asset Building Coalition that included Four Bands, announced the collective impact of their free tax preparation sites, also known as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. The Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, and Pine Ridge Reservation VITA sites, operated by IRS-certified volunteers, processed 879 tax returns, bringing $2.2 million in refunds back to their reservation communities and saving tax payers an estimated $220,000 in preparation fees. Read the full story.

8th Annual Entrepreneurship Fair Features Local Youth Business Ideas
February 25, 2014
Over 50 people attended the 8th Annual Entrepreneurship Fair, themed "The Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow are in Our Schools Today," and hosted by Four Bands Community Fund at Upper Elementary School in Eagle Butte on February 19, 2013. Attendees gathered to hear presentations, network, and to find out who would take home the coveted annual entrepreneur awards. Read the full story.

Four Bands Receives Bush Prize for Community Innovation
January 8, 2014
The Bush Foundation has awarded its first annual Bush Prize for Community Innovation to 34 organizations across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. The Bush Prize honors and supports organizations with a proven record of creating innovative solutions to address community challenges and opportunities. Their innovations must be developed through inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets and must be more effective, equitable, or sustainable than existing approaches. Four Bands was recognized for the Making Waves program through this award.
Read the full story.
Watch the video.
See the full list of 2013 Community Innovation grantees.

Lending Program Expands to Serve Native Americans Throughout South Dakota
January 6, 2014
Four Bands Community Fund has expanded its target market to now offer a variety of business and consumer loans paired with educational services to all enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe who reside in the state of South Dakota. Prior to the expansion, Four Bands' service area was limited within the boundaries of the reservation. Read the press release.
Read the article in the Rapid City Journal.
Read the article in the Capital Journal.
Listen to the interview on South Dakota Public Radio.
Read the story on Dakota Radio News Group's website.

Four Bands Community Fund Receives a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant
December 3, 2013
Four Bands Community Fund has been awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant to lead a reservation-wide effort to develop and implement a comprehensive workforce development program. The two-year effort will help individuals gain meaningful employment while ensuring that businesses build their capacity to effectively hire and retain qualified employees. Read the full story.

Poverty-Busters: Successful Programs on the SD Reservations
August 27, 2013
South Dakota is home to some of the harshest poverty stricken areas in Indian country, as unemployment rates are well above national and state levels. This week, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, it's worth highlighting those organizations and individuals who are working to change the status quo in South Dakota. Find out how Four Bands is contributing to this movement.

Promoting Indian Homeownership in the State
July 15, 2013
Everyone knows that becoming a homeowner in Indian Country can be challenging. Several news stories in the past several months have pointed this out. Results from a survey this year, conducted by Great Plains Native Asset Building Coalition, revealed many obstacles to homeownership in Native communities in South Dakota. On June 27, a diverse group of key stakeholders, including Four Bands, came together to find solutions by exploring the creation of a statewide coalition to promote Native homeownership in South Dakota. Read the full story.
Read the article in Indian Country Today.

Conference Focuses on Boosting Business on Reservations
April 14, 2013
The 2013 South Dakota Indian Business Conference shared effective strategies to build private sector businesses on South Dakota's reservations. Four Bands has played a key role in addressing these issues on the Cheyenne River Reservation. Read the full story.

Four Bands Community Fund Encourages Cheyenne River to Rededicate Efforts that Build Financial Capability
April 3, 2013
With April as Financial Literacy Month in full swing, Four Bands Community Fund is hosting a myriad of activities to help build the financial capability of local residents on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. Activities include hosting after school meetings for youth, engaging residents through social media platforms, enrolling residents in a matched savings program, and gaining personal commitments from individuals to make positive changes in their financial habits. Read the full story.

Tanya Fiddler Takes a Seat on Treasury's Community Development Advisory Board
December 27, 2012
Following an appointment by President Obama earlier this month, Tanya Fiddler (Cheyenne River Lakota Nation), was officially welcomed onto the U.S. Department of Treasury's Community Development Advisory Board on December 17, 2012. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to advise the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, a program of the U.S. Department of Treasury, on its activities and programs which are designed to increase economic opportunity and promote community development investments for underserved populations and in distressed communities in the United States.
Read the full story.
Listen to the interview on SDPR.

Four Bands to Create or Retain 25 Jobs on the Reservation
July 19, 2012
Through a USDA grant, Four Bands will support small business and job creation, as well as training. Funding will provide business bundles that help entrepreneurs with the core elements of starting a reservation-based business. Four Bands expect to create and sustain 25 new jobs. See and hear the KOTA Radio 1380 interview.

Changing the Face of Poverty
June 26, 2012
June 25 marked the anniversary of the Battle of Little Bighorn, known by some as Custer's Last Stand and known by the Sioux Indians as Victory Day. History notes the Battle of Little Bighorn as the most famous battle of the Great Sioux War of 1876, and while it was an amazing victory for the Sioux, the bittersweet aftermath that followed led to an aggressive campaign mounted by the U.S. Army to force the remaining free Indians onto reservations. Read more.

Four Bands Noted in the Top 10 Innovative Lenders
June 12, 2012
Along with nine other financial institutions and non-profits throughout the country, Four Bands' financial education and credit building programs were recognized as innovative strategies to help people of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation establish creditworthiness. Read the article.

Indian Financial Action Program Featured at White House
May 18, 2012
A Native American perspective was presented during the White House's first-ever Summit on Financial Capability and Empowerment, held May 10 in Washington, D.C. Tanya Fiddler, executive director of Four Bands Community Fund, was on hand to explain how her program is promoting the financial empowerment of tribal citizens-young and old-in her region. Read the article.

Four Bands Recognized as Solution to Overcoming Barriers to Credit
April 19, 2012
Last March, the Federal Reserve announced a new provision on the CARD Act, which was originally enacted to prevent college students from claiming parents income in order to secure high credit limits. This new provision puts that limitation on all people, creating a barrier for stay-at-home parents to build credit. Read the article.

Native CDFIs in the Spotlight During Financial Literacy Month
April 1, 2012
Four Bands and Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation are featured in as two model CDFIs that offer fair financial products as an alternative to payday lending. These organizations are driven by the belief that citizens should have the information they need to make informed decisions and be given access to affordable credit products that help them achieve financial stability. Read more on alternatives to payday loans.

Four Bands Prepared to Lend $2M to Support Local B2B Development
March 22, 2012
After lending nearly $1 million to fund business-to-consumer development on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota last year, Four Bands Community Fund now plans to lend twice that much to develop business-to-business commerce there over the next couple of years. Read the article in Indian Country Today.

The Private Sector: More Than a Job Creator
March 15, 2012
Jobs, jobs, jobs. They're on everyone's mind these days, and Creator knows our reservations are in dire need of jobs. While America has experienced a lingering unemployment rate around the 9th percentile for the past couple of years, our reservations have been enduring unemployment rates much higher than that - sometimes up to 90 percent - for generations. Read more.

Four Bands Shares On-the-Ground Insight to Indian Business Development
February 27, 2012
Four Bands Executive Director, Tanya Fiddler, and Native American Natural Foods CEO, Karlene Hunter, provide insight to the barriers of developing private sector business on reservations during Dakota Midday on South Dakota Public Radio. Listen to the interview.

Basic Hardware in Isabel, South Dakota, Supports Community Needs; Grand Opening Scheduled for November 4th, 2011
October 18, 2011
The rural town of Isabel, South Dakota, was left without a hardware store after an outside company purchased the building that previously housed the town's local co-op hardware. November 4, 2011, will mark the grand opening of Basic Hardware, the town's new supplier of hardware goods that was made possible by the dedication and commitment of owner and local resident, Tammy Frank, and a business loan from Four Bands. Read the press release.

Tanya Fiddler, Presents a New Native America
June 20, 2011
An in-depth interview with Four Bands Executive Director, Tanya Fiddler, aired on South Dakota Public Broadcasting that presented an alternative picture of Native American communities. Although facing many challenges, Tanya spoke of the great economic momentum many reservation communities in South Dakota are experiencing.
Listen to the interview.

Applying Traditional Values In Today's Economy
April 22, 2011
It is important to arm our people with the knowledge to combat predatory lenders. It is common for predatory lenders, those with outrageous fees and extraordinarily high interest rates, to operate in border towns of reservations where they prey on the desperate monetary needs of low-income people. Read more.

Data or Delusion?
March 14, 2011
Last week I was vigorously working to meet a deadline for a grant application (as many of us living in the nonprofit world spend a lot of our time doing), and I was completely baffled by some of the economic statistics I looked up for my community, the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation. The Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation, about the size of Connecticut, is composed of Ziebach and Dewey counties and is located in North Central South Dakota. For this grant application I was required to rely on economic data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in order to meet the Distressed Community criteria in the application. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ziebach County has a 5.5 percent unemployment rate—only 0.6 percent higher than the state average and well under the national average. Knowing that Ziebach County is the poorest county in America with a 62 percent poverty rate and Dewey County follows closely behind, how could this be? Read more.

Four Bands Selected for Aspen Institute's Scale Academy
The Aspen Institute and the Association for Enterprise Opportunity announced today the five organizations selected to be part of the Scale Academy for Microenterprise Development. The Scale Academy is a program that offers grant funding, peer learning events, and technical assistance to a set of high-performing microenterprise organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to scaling up to serve more clients through working to help low-income entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Read the press release.

Dupree School is Making Waves

Free Tax Preparation Offered by Four Bands and Tribal Ventures

Local entrepreneurs chosen as 2010 Dakota Rising Fellows

Tanya Fiddler, Executive Director of Four Bands Community Fund, testifies to recommend modernization of the Community Reinvestment Act (full story PDF)

Mark Pinsky, President, Opportunity Finance Network; Four Bands' board members Jill Kessler and Mary Olive Johnson; Four Bands' staff Wynona Traversie and Tanya Fiddler; and Elsie Meeks, President, Oweesta on stage at the 5th Annual Native CDFI Convening hosted by Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) and First Nations Oweesta Corporation (Oweesta).

Four Bands Community Fund board and staff members present Sen. Johnson with a quilt, thanking him for his support of financial literacy education on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. Pictured from left: Cora Mae Haskell, Board Member Jill Kessler, Donita Fischer, Tanya Fiddler and Senator Tim Johnson.

Annual Entrepreneurship Fair Features Youth Programming, Business Owners Awarded (full story PDF)

Four Bands Community Fund gives boost to local women entrpreneurs (full story PDF)

Four Bands distributes teacher tool kits to implement financial literacy and entrepreneurship into classrooms (full story PDF)

Four Bands and Tribal Leadership “Making Waves” on Cheyenne River Indian Reservation (full story PDF)

Two Native Community Development Financial Institutions Honored for Achievements in Helping Build Native Economies (full story PDF)

Community support high for financial literacy as Four Bands launches new program (full story PDF)

Four Bands Community fund receives national award for excellence (full story PDF)- Four Bands was honored for outstanding work as a Native community development financial institution at the second annual Native CDFI Award Ceremony in Miami, FL. Tanya Fiddler, executive director of Four Bands, received the Visionary Leader Award for Outstanding Achievement for her work on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

Four Bands Community Fund Wins $100,000 Great Strides Award from Northwest Area Foundation (full story PDF)- The Northwest Area Foundation presented Four Bands Community Fund one of its four $100,000 Great Strides Awards for 2008. The award recognizes the "innovative strides communites have taken to reduce poverty for the long term."
Click here to read about other Great Strides Award winners.