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  • 31 Jul 2014 12:53 AM | Anonymous

    The Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition (ONAC) was a co-host for the webinar: How the Federal Tax Code is Driving Inequity and What You Can Do About It.  Here is a link to the archived webinar. 

     

    PolicyLink | Lifting Up What Works

     Join the Asset Funders Network, PolicyLink, and co-hosts for a webinar:

     

    How the Federal Tax Code is Driving Inequity
    And What You Can Do About It

    Thursday, November 7, 2013
    11 a.m. - 12 p.m. PT / 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET

    The primary purpose of the U.S. tax system is to generate public revenue, but it also serves as a vehicle to advance public policy goals. For example, the tax code includes provisions that incentivize taxpayers to take certain action – like buying a home, or saving for higher education or retirement – by providing them with tax credits, deductions, exclusions, and preferential rates. These tax benefits, known collectively as “tax expenditures,” reduce government revenues, disproportionately benefit wealthier households, and provide limited benefits for low- and moderate-income families and households of color.

    Deliberations about reforming the federal tax code – including discussions about the cost and benefits of various tax expenditures – are underway in Congress. These discussions provide a unique window of opportunity for advocates to call for a more inclusive, progressive, and equitable tax code – one that provides fair benefits to all U.S. households.  

    Please join the Asset Funders Network, PolicyLink, and co-hosts (listed below) for this upcoming webinar about why tax reform matters and opportunities for change. This webinar is intended to prepare practitioners and advocates for critical windows of opportunity to engage in tax reform debates and advocate for policies that enable low- and moderate-income families to access a greater share of the benefits.

    Featured Speakers:

    REGISTER HERE.

    Webinar Co-hosts: CFED, The Center for Global Policy Solutions, Center for Social Development, ColorOfChange, The Greenlining Institute, Insight Center for Community Economic Development, Institute on Assets and Social Policy, Institute for Women’s Policy Research, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, National Urban League, National Council of La Raza, New America Foundation, Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition, PICO National Network, and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.
     

     
  • 17 Jul 2014 12:54 AM | Anonymous

    The Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition invited the Small Business Administration, SBA, to provide a webinar for Native small business owners regarding the Affordable Care Act, ACA, (commonly called ObamaCare).  The webinar was held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from 2:00-3:00 pm CDT. 

    During the webinar, the SBA provided introductory information about the ACA from the perspective of small business.  Participants were welcome to bring any concerns or questions they had as a Native small business owner.  Discussion was encouraged.  

    • View the Power Point presentation.
  • 30 Jun 2014 12:57 AM | Anonymous


    Who Attended: ACF grantees, American Indian Community members, early childhood providers, faith-based, health and wellness organizations, local, state, and federal governments.

    Emphasis: Focused on Program Sustainability, Underserved Populations, Collaborations & Partnerships & Asset Building

    This roundtable provided current information on the core family strengthening elements of fatherhood, marriage, and asset building. Additionally, the Roundtable included information on the Affordable Care Act, Human Trafficking and their impacts on safe and stable families. Attendees were able to network with other practitioners.

    View a copy of ONAC’s Presentation here.

  • 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. 

Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition 
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