The Center for Global Policy Studies (CGPS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to positive social change, has named Tanya Fiddler an Asset Builder Champion for her work in promoting entrepreneurship and community stability on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Since 2002, Fiddler has served as the executive director of Four Bands Community Fund, a community development financial institution, or CDFI, based in Eagle Butte, S.D., that supports economic development ventures on the reservation. (A CDFI is a specialized entity that provides loans, investments, training, or other services in underserved or economically distressed areas.) Fiddler also serves as co-chair of the Native CDFI Network and chair of the South Dakota Indian Business Alliance, a statewide network of Native business owners and advocates.
CGPS launched the Asset Builder Champion awards this year to recognize individuals who are advancing the cause of economic security for low-income Americans and communities of color. Fiddler is one of four recipients from around the U.S. who were celebrated at a CGPS gathering in Washington, D.C., in April. Her fellow honorees are Luis V. Gutiérrez, member of the U.S. House of Representatives; Lisa Hasegawa, executive director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development; and john a. powell, director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California at Berkeley.