Shari Ducheneaux Commits to Success Despite Pandemic-Induced Downturn In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ubetcha Wateca celebrated one year at their new location in the Four Bands Business Incubator. Prior to moving into their first brick and mortar space, Ubetcha Wateca operated in a food truck for four years. “It has been quite an
During a health crisis, the underserved and those facing financial obstacles are often hit the hardest. For this reason, First Interstate and its Foundation have worked to proactively provide support in the form of donation dollars to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) across our footprint. CDFIs provide affordable financing to underserved areas, primarily in minority
Office Access Restrictions March 19, 2020 With our community and relatives being the focus of our concerns, we are modifying our operations to offer as much continuity, security, and safety as possible. Effective at 5 pm Friday, March 20, 2020, and until further notice, Four Bands will be closed to the public. All of our
Alissa Benoist Selected for Leadership Group for MIT’s 2019 Indigenous Communities Fellowship April 2, 2019 Four Bands Community Fund is pleased to announce that our Program Coordinator, Alissa Benoist, has been chosen to be a part of the Leadership Group for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Solve’s 2019 Indigenous Communities Fellowship. The Leadership Group was
Giving Tuesday (also known as #GivingTuesday on social media) has become a well-known global day of giving that is celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Following the widely recognized shopping events, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is meant to inspire generosity during the holiday season. And, many nonprofits leverage the day to boost donations.
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) announced its 2018 class of “Native American 40 Under 40” award recipients today. Nominated by members of their communities, this prestigious award is bestowed to individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and have made significant contributions in
The US Department of Agriculture’s Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, Anne Hazlett visited the Pine Ridge Reservation to meet with Four Bands Community Fund, Mazaska Owecaso Otipi Financial, and other regional partners to discuss the launch of a pilot program to increase homeownership opportunities on tribal lands. Through the 502 Relending Pilot, USDA
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the launch of a new pilot program that will increase access to their home loan products on tribal lands. As a participant in the pilot, we will receive an $800,000 loan and contribute another $200,000 to expand our homeownership program. “This is great news! We are looking forward
Congratulations Cora Mae! April 10, 0218 We’d like to congratulate our Asset Development Coordinator, Cora Mae Haskell, for being named a Financial Literacy All-Star by First Nations Development Institute! During April as National Financial Literacy Month, First Nations is taking the time to highlight the great work of financial literacy heroes. We are honored that
Take a look at our profile published by Northwest Area Foundation! December 20, 2017 Four Bands is pleased to be featured by the Northwest Area Foundation as part of their initiative to lift up the great work of Native community development financial institutions (CDFIs). Our profile explains our theory of change, how entrepreneurs are paving
$941,333 Grant Award Will Support Homeowners and Entrepreneurs October 2, 2017 Four Bands has received a $941,333 grant award from the US Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. In addition to supporting our micro, small business, and consumer loan programs, we will use the award to launch a new home renovation loan product. “This
Congratulations Alissa! September 27, 2017 We’d like to congratulate our Program Coordinator, Alissa Benoist, for being one of the 25 individuals chosen for the 9th Cohort of Native Nation Rebuilders! Over the next year Alissa will convene with other Rebuilders for four structured sessions during which she will develop an action plan to share knowledge
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