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  • 09 Jun 2014 1:00 AM | Anonymous

    Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) for Native Communities in Oklahoma

    The Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition (ONAC) invited Gloria Reynolds, a Community Affairs Specialist with the FDIC, to share information about the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) for Native Communities in Oklahoma.  On August 8th, 2013, Gloria presented such information during a webinar for ONAC and the Alliance for Economic Inclusion for Northeastern Oklahoma (AEI) constituents.  

    For a copy of the PowerPoint presentation, click here.

    To listen to the webinar recording, click here.

  • 01 Jun 2014 1:12 AM | Anonymous

    On August 7, 2013, Dr. Molly Tovar, Director of the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and Maria DeShields, Director of Compassionate Care for Elders St. Louis, presented information about Native elders to Missouri Asset Builders and Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition constituents and friends. The title of their presentation was “Strengthening Financial Capabilities for Native American Elders”. 

    Click here to view their PowerPoint presentation.

  • 12 May 2014 1:13 AM | Anonymous

    Learn how to stop or mitigate foreclosure now!

    Are your mortgage payments increasing? Are you worried about losing your home? Did you get a loan you can’t afford or didn’t understand? Has your income been reduced?

    Come to this FREE workshop and learn about the foreclosure process, loan modification programs, income tax issues in foreclosure, safe refinance products, your legal rights and options, and more.

    Bring your loan documents! Certified Mortgage

    Counselors and Loan Modification Representatives will be available to discuss options for your mortgage.

    Click here to view the full announcement.

  • 30 Apr 2014 1:15 AM | Anonymous

    What is ONAC?

    The Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition (ONAC) represents a consortium of Oklahoma tribes and partners interested in establishing asset-building initiatives and programs in Native communities, for the purpose of creating greater opportunities for economic security of tribal citizens.

    What is ONAC’s role with Native asset building?

    ONAC is working with constituents  and partners to increase the number of Native asset building opportunities in the state such as:

    • financial education programs
    • credit builder programs
    • matched savings account programs such as Child Savings Accounts and Individual Development Accounts
    • microfinance programs
    • homeownership and foreclosure prevention programs
    • employment programs
    • entrepreneurial programs
    • free tax preparation at Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites, etc.

     We invite you to attend the 2013 Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition (ONAC) Conference, on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, held at Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (Located on the northeast corner of N.E. 23rd & Lincoln Boulevard, across the street from the Oklahoma Capitol).During the conference, we will examine the current state of Native asset building in Oklahoma; have opportunities for peer learning; share information about Native asset building models, funding sources, partnership opportunities, research, training and technical assistance; and learn about ONAC next steps and ways to be involved in the Coalition.

    At the end of the day, we will have a networking reception and provide ONAC membership information. We invite you to participate in this interactive conference.

    Who Should Attend the Conference?

    Those interested and engaged in Native asset building in Oklahoma. We invite tribal leaders, tribal program directors, Native nonprofits, Native asset building practitioners and researchers, state representatives, students, cultural advisors, policy organizations, funders, financial institutions and financial institution regulatory bodies, national asset building organizations, inter-tribal organizations, representatives from the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians, IRS, and Administration for Children and Families, and others interested in tribal asset building in Oklahoma to attend.

    Conference Schedule: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

    • 9:00 a.m. Registration and Full Breakfast
    • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Conference (lunch included)
    • 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception and Membership Drive (with heavy hors d’oeuvres)

    Registration Fee: The 2013 ONAC Conference Fee is $25.00.

    Agenda: Click Here

    Registration:  Registration is Closed.

    If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Christy Finsel, ONAC Program Manager, at cfinsel@oknativeassets.org or at (405) 401-7873.

  • 01 Apr 2014 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    We invite you to attend the 2014 Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition (ONAC) Conference, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The conference will be held at the Oklahoma History Center (located on the northeast corner of N.E. 23rd & Lincoln Boulevard, across the street from the Oklahoma Capitol), 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.

    Note: We have reached capcaity for this event and are no longer accepting registrations.

    During the conference, we will examine the current state of Native asset building in Oklahoma; have opportunities for peer learning; share information about Native asset building models, funding sources, partnership opportunities, research, training and technical assistance; and learn about ONAC next steps and ways to be involved in the Coalition.

    At the end of the day, we will have a networking reception and provide ONAC membership information. We invite you to participate in this interactive conference.

    Who should attend the conference?
    Those interested and engaged in Native asset building in Oklahoma. We invite Tribal leaders, Tribal program directors, Native nonprofits, Native asset building practitioners and researchers, state representatives, students, cultural advisors, policy organizations, funders, financial institutions and financial institution regulatory bodies, national asset building organizations, inter-tribal organizations, representatives from the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians, IRS, and Administration for Children and Families, and others interested in tribal asset building in Oklahoma to attend.

    Conference Schedule: July 15, 2014

    • 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
    • 9:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Conference
    • 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception and Membership Drive

    Agenda: Click Here to download the agenda.

    Registration Fee: The 2014 ONAC Conference Fee is $25.00.


    Attendees paying by check should mail their registration payment by July 9th.  Attendees who are not able to mail their check by July 9th, should bring a check with them to the conference.

    Registration Fee Waiver: If you need an ONAC Conference Fee Waiver, please contact Christy Finsel at cfinsel@oknativeassets.org to request a waiver.  Once approved, please enter the registration fee waiver discount code in the online registration form.

    Hotel Room Block for July 14th and 15th
    Colcord Hotel, 15 N. Robinson Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102          
    Call: (405) 601-4300 and ask for the room block for the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition.

    The room block is available for July 14th and 15th at a group rate of $154.00 a night, plus tax, for a deluxe king or double room.  The room block is available until June 23, 2014 only.

    Conference Registration: Registration Full

    Questions?:

    If you have any questions about ONAC or the 2014 ONAC Conference, please contact Christy Finsel, ONAC Coordinator, at cfinsel@oknativeassets.org or at (405) 401-7873.

  • 11 Mar 2014 5:01 PM | Anonymous

    The Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition (ONAC) Announces ONAC Mini Grant Awardees

    March 11, 2014.  We, the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition (ONAC), announce that we have awarded four ONAC mini grants.

    ONAC represents a consortium of Oklahoma tribes and partners interested in establishing asset-building initiatives and programs in Native communities, for the purpose of creating greater opportunities for economic self-sufficiency of tribal citizens.    

    In January 2014, ONAC released our first-ever request for proposals (RFP) to fund Native asset building projects in Oklahoma.  We received seven excellent applications from tribal governments and tribal programs based in Oklahoma.  When ONAC released the RFP we had a total of $10,500 to award to recipients (an average of $3,500 each for three grantees).  After receiving seven applications in February, First Nations Development Institute, a national Native nonprofit, and the fiscal sponsor for ONAC, was able to secure $3,500 more to fund a fourth grantee.  Thus, ONAC, in collaboration with First Nations, has awarded a total of $14,000 in mini grants to four ONAC constituents.  We are excited to work with the awardees as they continue to offer Native asset building projects to their tribal members.   If needed, ONAC is available to provide free training and technical assistance to the grantees as they design savings programs and offer financial education related classes. 

    The current ONAC mini grant awardees are as follows:

    • The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Housing Division will hold four classes for 60 tribal citizens/homeowners to educate them about foreclosure prevention.  They will also purchase a computer to run credit checks with their homeowners as well as supplies, refreshments, and incentives for their classes (awarded $3,500).
    • Wichita and Affiliated Tribes will administer a SummerSmart: Wichita Summer Youth Program where, in addition to building tribal pride through teaching Wichita history and culture and promoting good health practices, they will offer savings accounts for the interns and youth participants as well as financial education classes (awarded $3,500).
    • The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians will offer a youth employment and financial education program where they will require that the participants save in a matched savings account program (awarded $3,500).
    • The Housing Authority of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma will continue to build internal staff capacity and will send a staff member to a training and certification course so they may provide credit counseling and budgeting classes to an estimated 80 tribal members during the grant period (awarded $3.500).

    Award Total: $14,000

    The Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition thanks those who applied for these grant funds.  ONAC is actively seeking other funding to try to fund the remaining three grantees and will be in touch with them, if we are successful in our fundraising efforts. Additionally, as we received feedback from other constituents in the state that they would be interested in a second competitive ONAC mini grant RFP, we are seeking additional support.  For more information about the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition, please go to http://www.oknativeassets.org/.    If you have any questions about ONAC and the mini grants,  contact Christy Finsel, ONAC Coordinator, at cfinsel@oknativeassets.org.

  • 22 Feb 2014 1:20 AM | Anonymous

    First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is pleased to announce the launch of the My Green campaign for Native American youth.  My Green, created by First Nations with funding from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, is an initiative that features a brand new website (http://www.mybigmoney.org/) with tools to help Native youth who will be receiving a large Minor’s Trust or per capita payment – what First Nations refers to as “Big Money” – make smart decisions with their money.

    The My Green campaign was created in response to the growing demand for a product to specifically assist the increasing number of youth receiving Big Money payments.  As many of you know, some tribes hold capital earned through successful tribal businesses or settlements with the US government in a trust for tribal youth, and award the payment(s) to youth when they turn 18 (or sometimes later).  Unfortunately, Native youth have a high “unbanked” rate and lower levels of financial knowledge than the national average, and are thus especially vulnerable to making poor financial decisions when awarded this money.

    The My Green website (http://www.mybigmoney.org/) features four spokespeople, Native youth ages 17-23, who present their stories about how they managed their Big Money. They share their lessons learned in a series of videos, and they serve as guides throughout the different components of the website.  The site contains several money tools that Native youth can use to learn how to better manage their payments, including a Big Money simulation game that mirrors real-life spending decisions one must make and a question and answer forum that addresses a number of topics pertinent to youth receiving a Big Money payment.

    To view all the resources available to our youth, please visit www.mybigmoney.org, like the new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mygreenfndi, and follow the campaign on Twitter @mygreenfndi for all the latest updates. 

  • 20 Feb 2014 1:22 AM | Anonymous

    Talking Dollars with Danny and Denise is a series of 7 60-second public service announcements that cover a range of financial topics. Danny and Denise discuss buying a car, budgeting their money, what to do with a windfall payout from a trust fund settlement, and much more.
     
    These PSAs were recorded by staff at KWSO 91.9FM -  Warm Springs Community Radio. The project was made possible with funding from First Nations Development Institute (www.firstnations.org) and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (www.finrafoundation.org).
     
    Use of these PSAs is free to all radio stations. 
     
    To download the PSAs and the logos for the project, go to dropbox at http://www.dropbox.com and use the following email and password:
     
    email: sdewees@firstnations.org        
    password: danny7

    If you have any questions regarding this project or need assistance with download the materials, please email Sarah Dewees at sdewees@firstnations.org.

  • 19 Feb 2014 1:24 AM | Anonymous

    Revised 2013 Application Due Dates and Modified Funding Opportunity Announcement 

    The due dates for the Fiscal Year 2013 Assets for Independence (AFI) applications have been revised to:

    • March 25, 2013
    • May 24, 2013

    The January 25, 2013 application due date has been removed. Applicants who were planning to submit proposals in early 2013 are still strongly encouraged to do so.

    As always, applications for AFI funding can be submitted any time through grants.gov. Due dates for applications refer to the last day that an application may be received for consideration under the next scheduled review.

    Modified Funding Opportunity Announcement

    A modified Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) was released on December 5, 2012. Changes in the new FOA include:

    • Revised point structure
    • Explicit request to demonstrate experience with allowable asset categories
    • Modest revisions to the evaluation criteria

    More detail on the modifications and the new FOA are available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2011-ACF-OCS-EI-0137. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the modified FOA to ensure their application is responsive to the evaluation criteria. The estimated total funding and expected number of awards for 2013 has not changed.

    Did you know?

    Applicants can register to receive notifications of any changes to the grant opportunity by visiting the AFI opportunity synopsis page on Grants.gov.

    If you have any questions about planning your 2013 AFI proposal, contact the AFI Resource Center at info@IDAresources.org or 1-866-778-6037.

  • 17 Feb 2014 1:24 AM | Anonymous

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Heather Rademacher Taylor
    503.968.150
    Heather@ONABEN.org

    TULSA, OK – April 3, 2013 – ONABEN, A Native American Business Network and leader in native-centric business training, is excited to work with Cherokee Nation Businesses to execute an Indianpreneurship® “Train the Trainer” session Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30, from 9am to 4pm at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa.   

    Cherokee Nation Businesses is generously sponsoring the event through donation of the event space and refreshments, including breakfast and lunch

    ONABEN will conduct two days of interactive training and small group work covering the basic philosophy underlying the Indianpreneurship® course and experience. The organization will introduce best practices in classroom facilitation and instruction and utilize discussions and peer information exchange. Participants will walk-through selected lessons of the text and be introduced to tips on running their
own small business program. This 2nd Edition of the Teachers Guide is new and improved with timed exercises, colored tips and lesson tools throughout the text.

    Designed for aspiring and newly established entrepreneurs, Indianpreneurship® offers a uniquely engaging and interactive curriculum developed by ONABEN that teaches valuable business lessons in a culturally accessible way for Native American individuals. ONABEN has been serving native entrepreneurs and communities for 22 years, and for the past decade has been an active consultant to dozens of tribal organizations of all types and sizes throughout the country. The organization’s curriculum is taught at organizations nationwide and studied in university programs. This event provides a significant level of understanding of the Indianpreneurship® curriculum and how it should be taught so new trainers can effectively educate with confidence.

    “In a world of one size fits all, Indianpreneurship distinguishes itself from other curricula because of its dynamic cultural approach to business training and the fact that it is based on years-long experience with the unique needs of Native communities,” said to Veronica Hix, Executive Director for ONABEN. “Our instruction allows new trainers to bring expertise back to their communities and further improve the knowledge and skills of their people."

    To reserve a space at the training, contact Veronica Hix at 918.431.4630 or Veronica@ONABEN.org. Registration is $550, which includes a student and teacher’s edition text, and is needed by April 21 to ensure enough class materials for all participants. For more information, please visit www.ONABEN.org or contact Heather Rademacher Taylor at 503.968.1500 or Heather@ONABEN.org.

    ONABEN is a 501(c)(3) corporation headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and was created in 1991 by four Oregon Indian tribes to encourage the development of a private sector on their reservations.  ONABEN provides curriculum, training and organizational consulting focused on developing entrepreneurship in Indian communities.  ONABEN serves Indian business development organizations and entrepreneurs nationally through its Indianpreneurship curriculum.  The group is driven by its mission to assist Native Americans build assets by realizing the dream of owning their own business. 

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