The U.S. Department of the Treasury has awarded a total of $11.85 million to 35 certified or prospective Native community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and other organizations in 17 states. The awards were made through the 2011 round of the Treasury's Native American CDFI Assistance (NACA) Program, which encourages the creation and strengthening of CDFIs that primarily serve Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. A CDFI is a specialized entity that provides loans, investments, training, or other services in underserved or economically distressed areas. The Treasury's CDFI Fund, which certifies and provides support for CDFIs, allocates its awards through a competitive review process.
Ten of the NACA awards, totaling nearly $3.2 million, went to organizations headquartered in the Ninth Federal Reserve District. Ninth District recipients and award amounts are:
The Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF) has awarded a total of $1.59 million in grants to six organizations that support business development and job creation on American Indian reservations. The grants marked the launch of NWAF's Native American Social Enterprise Initiative (NASEI), a two-year effort to increase the number and strength of reservation-based, Native-owned businesses. Three of the six grants went to Native CDFIs located in the Ninth Federal Reserve District.
Ninth District NASEI grant recipients are:
Additional grant recipients are Northwest Native Development Fund, Nespelan, Wash.; Taala Fund, Taholah, Wash.; and Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Pendleton, Ore. The Oregon Native American Business and Entrepreneurial Network in Tigard, Ore., received a separate grant to provide training and assistance to the six NASEI awardees.
NWAF, headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., is dedicated to reducing poverty and achieving sustainable prosperity in an eight-state region in the northern and western U.S. (Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington). The foundation was established in 1934 by the family of railroad baron James J. Hill, whose Great Northern Railway once served the region.