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Power Station

Dec 3, 2018

Tanya Fiddler (Cheyenne River Sioux), Executive Director of the Native CDFI Network, is a self-proclaimed wayuiyeska, a Lakota word for translator. In her interactions with policy makers, funders and fellow nonprofit leaders, she translates the experience of Native Americans to those of us who do not fully know it. She \explains that, according to Native spirituality and culture, the concept of asset building is based in the idea that, Everything is for us, but we don't have to own it." The Network's 74 member organizations are certified and emerging CDFIs (Community Development Financial Institutions), Native-run nonprofits that invest in their community's economic future by making home ownership and small business development possible. And financial education is becoming enshrined in early childhood education. Tanya talks about navigating multiple layers of government - tribal, state and federal - to make the needs and capacities of over 500 federally recognized tribes understood. And she relates the ongoing challenge of inclusion at nonprofit tables as well.