Lakota Funds
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Frank Hunter Banks Local, Expands Cattle Operation

Frank Hunter Banks Local, Expands Cattle Operation

Frank Hunter, a life-long resident of Kyle, South Dakota, grew up in a ranching family on the Pine Ridge Reservation. And, that’s still what he’s doing today. Frank’s cattle operation consists of about 40 cow-calf pairs and some hay ground.
After banking in Gordon, Nebraska for 40

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Sod’s Mechanical Grows Business, Builds Workforce

Sod’s Mechanical Grows Business, Builds Workforce

Ken Soderlin began Sod’s Mechanical, a plumbing and heating business on the Pine Ridge Reservation, in 1989 with one employee and one truck. Today, his business employs 14 full-time staff members and operates a fleet of six trucks. Early in his company’s history, he took on some

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Oglala Sioux Tribe President Drops in on Youth Business Plan Competition

Oglala Sioux Tribe President Drops in on Youth Business Plan Competition

The 11th Annual Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) Business Plan Competition had an unexpected, yet very welcomed, visitor. Oglala Sioux Tribe President, Julian Running Bear, watched several youth as they presented their business plans on the second day of the competition at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
“It

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Prefabricated Home Sales Office Now Open in Kyle

Prefabricated Home Sales Office Now Open in Kyle

While thousands of homes are needed to fully meet the housing needs of Pine Ridge Reservation residents, Tess Puckett’s new business, Lakota Cabins, will be in high demand. Lakota Cabins sells custom-built, prefabricated, energy-efficient homes at a reasonable price point.
Puckett hopes her new business will help

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Oglala Lakota Artspace to Break Ground in September

Oglala Lakota Artspace to Break Ground in September

The kind of place everyone dreams of. That is how artist and First Peoples Fund staff member Bryan Parker (White Mountain Apache, Muscogee Creek, Mississippi Choctaw) describes the Oglala Lakota Artspace, a first of its kind space slated to break ground this fall on the Pine Ridge

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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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