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  • 15 Jan 2014 1:41 AM | Anonymous

    Oklahomans turn to high-cost lenders at a much higher rate than the national average. Low- and moderate-income households are particularly likely to turn to loan products with high interest rates that chip away at their disposable income. Oklahoma Assets invites you to join us for a 1-day summit on high cost lending in the state. The summit will facilitate information sharing on the extent and impact of the problem and promote lower-cost alternatives for families struggling to avoid high-cost lenders. The goal of the summit is to formulate an agenda that serves the interest of low- and moderate-income Oklahomans in maintaining financial security through access to affordable credit products. Join Us for the High Cost Lending Summit

    Oklahoma Assets invitse you to attend the High Cost Lending Summit, on June 12, 2012 to be held at the Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Road, Midwest City, OK 73110. Be part of the discussion that shapes policy and strategies associated with high cost lending practices and asset building in Oklahoma.

    For more information visit www.oklahomaassets.org.

  • 01 Jan 2014 1:42 AM | Anonymous

    LONGMONT, Colorado (December 15, 2011) First Nations Development Institute announces that Christy Finsel, an enrolled tribal member of the Osage Nation of Oklahoman, has been named the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition (ONAC) Program Manager. In this role, Finsel will work with the ONAC Leadership Team, comprised of Anna Knight (Cherokee Nation Commerce Group), Dawn Hix (Choctaw Nation Career Development), and Kristi Bias (First Nations Oweesta Corporation), to lead the coalition and build its capacity to provide greater outreach and asset building resources to the tribes in Oklahoma.   

    ONAC is part of First Nations’ Oklahoma Asset Building Policy and Practice Initiative (OABPP), along with Oklahoma Policy Institute and Oklahoma Assets. FNDI is the OABPP Manager and has received funding for this work from the Ford Foundation’s Building Economic Security Over a Lifetime Initiative.  
     
    Finsel brings Native and non-Native asset building experience to her work with ONAC. In 2003, she designed and implanted a youth Individual Development Account program, a matched savings program, at De La Salle Middle School in Saint Louis City.  That school serves an all African American student population in North St. Louis City.  She still voluntarily co-administers that program. They are in their 9th year and have graduated 94 IDA participants. 
     
    That same year, she began Native asset building research while enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She graduated from that program in 2004.
     
    For the past five years, she has provided technical assistance nationwide to 30 Native communities who were either interested in starting IDA or financial education programs. In Oklahoma, most recently she worked with a Native CDFI on her reservation, Osage Financial Resources, Inc., to design a non-federally funded IDA program that serves residents of Osage County.
     
    In 2010, she generated the Native-specific content for the Assets for Independence Native Initiative Project Design and Application Development workshops held by the Administration for Native Americans.  Since then, she conducted eleven of those trainings and provided technical assistance to attendees.
     
    Earlier this year, she concluded facilitating a FNDI Native Asset-Building Partnership Project between Four Bands Community Fund and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. This peer-learning partnership was focused on the development of a Credit Builder Loan Program.
     
    Currently, Finsel is the Administration for Children and Families Region VII Assets for Independence Regional Consultant in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa. She is also providing IDA consulting services to MA’O Farms in Wai’anae, HI; a tribe that is exploring Children’s Savings Accounts; and to FNDI as they launch a pilot Youth Savings Account Program for students at Gallup Central High School in McKinley County, NM.
     
    Regarding her work with ONAC, Finsel says, “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with tribes in Oklahoma on asset building efforts.  As a member of the Osage Nation and having grown up in Oklahoma City, I am excited to work with, and learn from, tribes in the state.  There is innovative Native asset building occurring in Oklahoma and many opportunities for even more asset building efforts here.  Additionally, I’m eager to connect OK tribes to other Native communities, nationally, who are also offering important asset building programs.   It is an exciting time to be engaged in Native asset building in Oklahoma!”
     
    For more information about the OABPP, please contact Sarah Dewees, Senior Director of Research, Policy, and Asset-Building Programs, First Nations Development Institute, at sdeweees@firstnations.org.
  • 22 Feb 2013 1:34 AM | Anonymous

    Webinar: Looking at the Benefits of Native CDFI and How Services Offered Impact the Community

    ONAC contacted First Nations Oweesta Corporation to ask them to provide a webinar on Community Development Financial Institutions for ONAC constituents, based on constituent interest.  Oweesta let ONAC know about the following webinar opportunity:

    Webinar Date: July 20, 2012

    Time: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. CDT

    Registration Link: 

    To register for the webinar, visit www.oweesta.org

    Click here to view the webinar PowerPoint presentation. 

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