Native Community Loan Funds Are Engines of Change! August 18, 2017 The Northwest Area Foundation, our dedicated partner and funder, just released their 2017 Annual Report. This year, they are shining a light on Native community development financial institutions (CDFIs) – organizations like Four Bands. We encourage you to take a moment to look at
Download your copy today! July 25, 2017 We are pleased to announce the 2017 Cheyenne River Visitors Guide is out and ready for your viewing pleasure. Four Bands publishes the visitors guide each year to support tourism as an economic driver on Cheyenne River. The guide provides an overview of attractions, and is complete with
US Treasury and National Organization Experience Cheyenne River Entrepreneurship July 19, 2017 Four Bands was excited to host guests, Annie Donovan, CDFI Fund Director, Clint Hastings, CDFI Fund Program Manager, and Tanya Fiddler, Executive Director of the Native CDFI Network, during a site visit. This was a unique opportunity to demonstrate to our industry’s national
Four Bands Receives Grant Funding for Business Incubator June 15, 2017 We are pleased to announce that we have received two funding awards totaling $670,000 that will move the development and construction of a business incubator in Eagle Butte forward. Four Bands was one of 55 organizations across the nation that received a $500,000 award
Bush Prize for Community Innovation: Case Study on Four Bands March 1, 2017 As an awardee of the Bush Prize for Community Innovation, the Bush Foundation wrote a case study on our organization highlighting our successful and innovative strategies.
Four Bands Expands Team for Renewed Focus on Youth September 20, 2016 Four Bands recently added two new staff members to support our renewed focus on delivering programs designed to increase financial capability and entrepreneurial skills of the youth population on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Alissa Benoist (Cheyenne River Sioux), selected as Four Bands’
Unlocking Investment in Rural America August 18, 2016 Four Bands was featured in a video produced by USDA and the Corporation for Enterprise Development that highlights the need for a collaboration like Uplift America and the unique role of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs – like us) in improving rural communities.
Four Bands Invests in South Dakota’s Native-Owned Businesses May 2, 2016 Four Bands is celebrating a milestone as we reach 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. We expanded our target market two years ago to serve all tribal members residing
Four Bands Receives Small Business Empowerment Award at RES Las Vegas March 22, 2016 Four Bands 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
Four Bands Launches “Opportunity Finance for Native Markets” February 9, 2016 Four Bands has announced the launch of 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
Successfully Promoting Art & Tourism on Cheyenne River July 28, 2015 Art in the Park is an annual event that offers a full day of all-ages fun and entertainment for the Cheyenne River Reservation community as well as visitors. Our 3rd Annual Art in the Park featured over 75 vendors who showcased a variety of
Four Bands Finishes a Strong Financial Capability Month by Helping Local Residents Receive $1.3 Million in Tax Refunds April 30, 2015 Residents of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation kept an estimated $130,000 more cash in their pockets through a free tax service provided by our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site. We have promoted financial
Four Bands Participates in Collaboration 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
Four Bands Featured in Video as Bush Prize for Community Innovation Awardee April 7, 2014 We were featured in a short film showcasing our innovative strategies in financial education, including our Making Waves program. Four Bands is humbled and grateful to have been selected for this award. We believe it speaks to the innovation and
Building a Sustainable Future on Cheyenne River December 19, 2013 In late 2013, Four Bands had the opportunity to showcase five of our local business owners and how they are making a difference in our reservation community. Watch this short video to find out what these entrepreneurs are doing today to change tomorrow’s economy. This