Strengthening Native American Communities & Economies
In 2012, First Nations received a grant to form partnerships between tribal colleges and local Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in two communities. This project will pilot in the two tribal communities of the Lummi Nation, located in Washington, and the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. The tribal colleges, Northwest Indian College and the College of the Menominee Nation, will provide business and entrepreneurship-focused training for tribal college students. Students who have completed the training will be encouraged and eligible for business start-up or expansion loans from the CDFIs. The intention is to promote the growth of private-sector business development in Indian Country. The generous financial support for this project is being provided by the Johnson Scholarship Foundation.