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  • 09 Feb 2014 1:28 AM | Anonymous

    The Navigating the Changing World of Consumer Credit: 2012 Financial Education in Oklahoma Conference will provide financial educators, advocates and teachers throughout Oklahoma information on the changing landscape of consumer credit with a focus on exposing common misunderstandings and deepening knowledge about credit and debt.

    When:  November 7, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Where:  Moore Norman Technology Center, South Penn Campus, Oklahoma City

    By attending this conference, you will gain:
    - Understanding of the history, context and the provision of consumer credit in the U.S.
    - Information on new programs related to credit building and debt management,
    - Skills and tools for addressing a broad range of credit repair, credit building and debt management needs of your clients, and
    - New contacts with other financial educators.
    Confirmed Speakers include:
    - Gail Hillebrand, Associate Director of Consumer Education and Engagement at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    - Dr. Louis Hyman, Assistant Professor at Cornell University and author of Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink
    - Nick Bourke, Director of the Small Dollar Loans Research Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts
    Who Should Attend:  Financial educators, teachers, bank and credit union staff, United Way and charitable foundation staff, business and civic leaders and individuals interested in improving financial education opportunities for Oklahomans.
    Sponsored by:  The Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Oklahoma City Branch

    Online registration coming in September at www.kansascityfed.org.

    For more information, please contact Steven Shepelwich at steven.shepelwich@kc.frb.org or 405-270-8675.

  • 07 Feb 2014 1:29 AM | Anonymous

    Join us for a certification training on the Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families curriculum. This two-day training will provide an overview of the curriculum and training techniques. The training will be interactive and will provide educators with the knowledge, skills, and resources to effectively teach financial literacy in Native communities. It will also provide a forum for teachers who are already teaching personal finance courses to share some of their experiences from the field.

    The goals of this event are:

    • To introduce instructors to the Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families financial education curriculum.
    • To review financial education techniques and tools using the Building Native Communities curriculum.
    • To network and share insights on Native financial education programming. 

    Who should Attend:
    Financial education trainers, high school teachers, tribal financial professionals, Native CDFI professionals, community development specialists, and investment advisors who work with Native communities, etc.

    Building Native Communities Financial Education Curriculum Train-the-Trainer Event 

    Northeastern State University  
    Small Business Development Center
    Library Building, Room 205
    3100 E New Orleans Street 
    Broken Arrow, OK  74014 

    Start Time 
    8:30 a.m. Wednesday October 24th 

    End Time 
    4:30 p.m. Thursday October 25th

    Registration Deadline 
    Wednesday, October 17th

    Accommodations:  Participants should make their own hotel accommodations if needed at the TownePlace Suites by Marriott. We have blocked off a number of rooms at a discounted rate for the training.

    TownePlace Suites by Marriott
    2251 N Stone Wood Circle 
    Broken Arrow, OK  74012 

    Please Book Room Under Room Block: FNT (First Nations Training)

    Government Employee Rate: $81.00 per night

    Group Rate: $89.00 per night for a studio king suite, $89 for a two-queen studio, and $99 for a two bedroom suite.  To receive the group rate, rooms must be booked by October 15, 2012  

    Agenda: Please click here for the Agenda

    If you have any questions, please call Christy Finsel at (405) 401-7873 or contact Ben Marks of First Nations Development Institute at bmarks@firstnations.org or 540-371-5615

    For those flying into Tulsa, if you need shuttle service, please contact Christy Finsel at cfinsel@oknativeassets.org.

    To register for the event, please go to: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5855/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=49960.

  • 06 Feb 2014 1:33 AM | Anonymous

    The Choctaw Asset Building Program will be offering two separate webinars in September.  They have invited ONAC constituents to participate. 

    The first webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 11th, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CDT.  "During this webinar, business owners will learn how to find and secure government contracts."  The presenter will be Ronald DeGiacomo, Bid Assistance Coordinator for Kiamichi Technology Centers.  To register for that webinar, please go to: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/showReg?udc=7vs8g16ighym.

    The second webinar will be held on Thursday, September 13th, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CDT. "This webinar will help business owners find and secure tribal and local contracts."  The presenter will be Mackie Moore, Bid Assistance Coordinator for Indian Capital Technology Center. To register for that webinar, please go to: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/showReg?udc=pjswxrlrkqc1.

    For further information, please contact Choctaw Asset Building at 866-933-2260 or go to their website at www.choctawcab.com.

  • 06 Feb 2014 1:30 AM | Anonymous

    The 2012 Assets Learning Conference will feature four conference institutes, four plenary sessions and over 40 concurrent sessions covering the most pertinent and cutting-edge topics for the asset-building field. The conference will begin on Wednesday, September 19 with four half-day and full-day conference institutes covering a range of topics including Children’s Savings, Entrepreneurship and Policy Advocacy Strategies. Day two of the conference will feature two plenaries and four sets of concurrent sessions followed by an evening reception. The final day of the conference will include two plenaries and two sets of concurrent sessions and conclude with visits to Capitol Hill to meet with legislative staff.

  • 05 Feb 2014 1:34 AM | Anonymous

    The Indian Country Business Summit will focus on bringing buyers state and federal, local and tribal together with companies from all over Texas and Oklahoma. Convening for the sixth year, the summit intends to produce new business opportunities and expects to introduce new suppliers to government agencies.

    Where: Embassy Suites in Norman Oklahoma

    When: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday – August 26th-28th

    Gold Tournament Sunday, August 26, 20012 at 1:00 pm

    Business Summit Monday, August 27-Tuesday August 28

    Register Online at: www.indiancountrybusinesssummit.com/

  • 03 Feb 2014 1:36 AM | Anonymous

    The Choctaw Asset Building Program and Native American Business Resource will partner with ONABEN-A Native American Business Network and the SBAs Office of Native American Affairs  in hosting a One-Day Entrepreneurial Training.

    Who should attend:

    Aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners for introductions to enhance business operations. Information will be shared on government contracting and marketing. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with area business resources as local, leaders in business development sit on a panel to discuss their program initiatives and take questions from the audience. The workshop is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. For more information contact Dawn Hix, Choctaw Asset Building, or Jill Reyna, Native American Business Resource, 800-522-6170.

    When:   Thursday, July 12, 2012  1:00-4:00 pm
    Where:  Kiamichi Technology Center, Idabel Campus, Room 3
                    3205 Lincoln Road N.E., Idabel, OK 74745

    Click here to register.

  • 02 Feb 2014 1:37 AM | Anonymous

    This Credit Webinar Designed for ONAC Constituents by the Credit Builders Alliance will provide information on why credit is an asset to those who offer financial education and/or lending to Native communities.  Participants will also learn about the different services the CBA offers to financial educators and lenders: CBA Access and CBA Reporter. 

    What is the Credit Builders Alliance (CBA)?
    CBA is a nonprofit organization creating 
innovative solutions to help non-traditional financial and asset building institutions serving low and moderate-income individuals build client credit and financial access in order to grow their businesses and/or personal assets.  Here is a link to the CBA website: http://www.creditbuildersalliance.org

    Webinar Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
    Time: 1:30 -2:30 p.m. CDT

    Registration Link:
    To register for the webinar, follow this link: 

    Webinar Call-In Information for July 10th: 
    To call in to the webinar on July 10, here is the information:
    U.S. & Canada:  866.740.1260
    Access Code:  7309390
    If you have questions about the webinar, please be in touch with Christy Finsel at cfinsel@oknativeassets.org.

  • 01 Feb 2014 5:02 PM | Anonymous

    Request for Proposals: Native Asset Building Projects in Oklahoma

    Grant Overview

    The Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition (ONAC) is pleased to announce this 2014 request for proposals (RFP) to help fund Native asset building projects in Oklahoma.   First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), a national Native nonprofit, is the fiscal sponsor for ONAC.   Thus, ONAC, in collaboration with First Nations, will award a total of $10,500 in mini grants to Oklahoma grantees.  Depending upon the projects (financial education curriculum supplies may cost less than seed money to open Children’s Savings Accounts), the mini grants will average $3,500 each.  Some awards may be slightly higher or lower than this average.  The grant period will begin March 3, 2014.   The average grant period is six months to a year.   

    Grants may be used to fund existing or new Native asset building programs in Oklahoma.   Examples of how mini grants may be used for such programs include funding for:

    • Financial education curricula materials for your financial education programs
    • A computer for your Voluntary Income Tax Assistance site (such sites help eligible tribal members prepare their tax returns for free and claim their  tax credits)
    • Match funds for your tribal Individual Development Account program
    • Initial deposit money for your Children’s Savings Account program (to help youth build a nest egg of savings)
    • Stipends/payments for youth employees working in your tribal employment program, so they so they have earned income to deposit into Individual Development Accounts
    • Training for your staff to be able to provide foreclosure intervention services to clients/tribal citizens
    • Loans made to customers through your Native nonprofit credit builder loan program

    If you would like to talk through any of your asset building program ideas, please contact Christy Finsel, Coordinator of the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition, at (405) 401-7873 or email her at cfinsel@oknativeassets.org.


    The grant applications are due by February 7, 2014.  ONAC will review the grant applications and make the award determinations, awarding up to $10,500 total, among the 2014 grant recipients. First Nations, as ONAC’s fiscal sponsor, will send the award notifications by March 3, 2014. A list of awardees will be posted on the ONAC website. ONAC will work with First Nations as First Nations processes the grant agreements and sends the grant payments to the grant recipients.


    Eligible applicants include:

    • Tribal governments based in Oklahoma;
    • Tribal programs based in Oklahoma; or
    • Native organizations based in Oklahoma.

    If applicants are not a tribal government, 501(c)(3), a 7871, or Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), they must have a fiscal sponsor. We do not require federal recognition for tribal governments; however, you must have, at a minimum, proof of state recognition.


    All applicants must fully complete the ONLINE Grant Application, made avaliable thorough First Nations (ONAC’s fiscal sponsor).

    Please also complete Attachment A: An Estimated Budget for the Proposed Project (examples of line items include: books for financial education program, 15 books x $20.00 per book = $300.00; funds to open Children’s Savings Account programs for 25 youth x $100.00 per account= $2,5000, etc.).

    Application Closed


    If you need technical assistance with the online grant application, please contact Catherine Bryan, Senior Program Officer, First Nations, at cbryan@firstnations.org or (303) 774-7836, ext. 12.   If you have specific questions about the grant or your project, please contact Christy Finsel, Coordinator, Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition, at cfinsel@oknativeassets.org or (405) 401-7873.


    The deadline for applications is February 7, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time. 

    Note: The online system automatically closes at 5:00 p.m. MST and applications not completely submitted by that time will be rejected by the system.  Please allow plenty of time for submitting online.  Proposals that are incomplete or are received after the deadline will not be considered.  No exceptions will be permitted.

  • 01 Feb 2014 1:38 AM | Anonymous

    We invite you to attend the 2012 Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition (ONAC) Conference, on June 11, 2012, held at the Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Road, Midwest City, OK 73110. 

    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: June 11, 2012

    • 9:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
    • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Conference
    • 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Networking Reception and Membership Drive

    Registration Fee:
    The 2012 ONAC Conference Fee is $25.00.

    Click here to download the agenda.  

    Registration Deadline:
    The registration deadline for the ONAC conference is June 5, 2012.  Attendees paying by check should mail their payment by June 1, 2012.  Attendees who are not able to mail their check by June 1st 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.
    If you have any questions about the conference registration, please contact Christy Finsel, ONAC Program Manager, at cfinsel@oknativeassets.org or at (405) 401-7873.



    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.
  • 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.

Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition 
(405) 720-0770

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