Lakota Funds
  • P.O. Box 340 Kyle, South Dakota 57752 USA
  • (605) 455-2500
  • M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
Lakota Funds Recognized as Leader in Food Sovereignty

Lakota Funds Recognized as Leader in Food Sovereignty

The Nonprofit Quarterly’s article, “In Indian Country, Native CDFIs Work to Restore Food Sovereignty,” features our agricultural lending program and explains how it not only helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses, but it also addresses immediate needs for food access within our community. It also explains the importance

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Nonprofit Supports Increase in Native-Owned Agri-Businesses

Nonprofit Supports Increase in Native-Owned Agri-Businesses

Although the latest USDA Census of Agriculture shows there are 3,218 agricultural operations on Indian reservations in South Dakota, only 924 – less than a third – are actually Native American-owned. Lakota Funds, a nonprofit organization, is working to increase that number by supporting Native American farmers

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Bair Automotive Reopens as Ownership Changes Hands

Bair Automotive Reopens as Ownership Changes Hands

A mainstay of Martin, South Dakota’s, local business sector, Bair’s Automotive Store, is scheduled to reopen on Monday, March 19, 2018 after a temporary closure for remodel work to be complete. After 50-plus years, ownership of the business has officially transferred to Scott Bair from his father, Richard

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Lakota Funds Participates in Listening Session with Minneapolis Fed President

Lakota Funds Participates in Listening Session with Minneapolis Fed President

During his trip to Pierre, South Dakota, Minneapolis Federal Reserve President, Neel Kashkari, hosted a lunch listening session with about 15 tribal leaders from around the state. Among them were Lakota Funds Executive Director, Tawney Brunsch, and Board Chairperson, Elsie Meeks. The participants shared their accomplishments in the

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Native American Business Programs Showcased on SDPB

Native American Business Programs Showcased on SDPB

South Dakota Focus took a closer look a the success stories of Native American Business owners. Watch this segment to hear from owners to loan officers and how they are creating economic development and thriving. Guests include: Cecily Engelhart from Thunder Valley CDC, Cheryl Bartlett of Harvest

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Family Celebrates Homeownership this Holiday Season

Family Celebrates Homeownership this Holiday Season

This holiday season, Cynthia Plenty Bull and her daughter will be celebrating in the same house they have lived in for the past six years. But this year, they will call the home their own. Cynthia is the first tenant in the 30-unit Eagle Nest Housing Development,

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An Oglala Sioux Veteran’s Journey to Homeownership

An Oglala Sioux Veteran’s Journey to Homeownership

In our role with the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition, Lakota Funds is actively working to create homeownership opportunities for Native Americans throughout the state, and specifically for Native American veterans.
One of our first successes in this initiative was partnering with Mazaska Owecaso Otipi Financial to

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US Treasury’s CDFI Fund Visits Pine Ridge Reservation

US Treasury’s CDFI Fund Visits Pine Ridge Reservation

We were honored to host two important guests from the US Treasury’s CDFI Fund, Director Annie Donovan and Senior Portfolio Manager Clint Hastings. It was a great opportunity to showcase our work and highlight our local entrepreneurs.
Read Clint’s reflections in his blog post.


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Financial Institutions of the Future

Financial Institutions of the Future

Indian Country Today’s article, “Are Native CDFIs the Financial Institutions of the Future?” discusses access to financial products and services in reservation communities. It highlights our work and the great need for capital among Native community development financial institutions (CDFIs). 
We encourage everyone to read this article

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