Lakota Funds
  • P.O. Box 340 Kyle, South Dakota 57752 USA
  • (605) 455-2500
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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 areas of […]

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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 Winds LLC, Tony […]

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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, originally built in […]

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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 support George O’Rourke, […]

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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 to learn more […]

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Lakota Funds Deploys 1st Agricultural Loan

Lakota Funds Deploys 1st Agricultural Loan

James Two Crow (Oglala Sioux), a loyal Lakota Funds client since 2002, was the first to tap into our new Farm Service Agency guaranteed loan program. He utilized this agricultural loan product to purchase 20 bred cows, which symbolize the start of his growing cattle operation just east of Kyle […]

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Tribal Member Takes Ownership of Pizza Shoppe, Works to Create Jobs

Tribal Member Takes Ownership of Pizza Shoppe, Works to Create Jobs

By any standards, Warren Peterson (Lower Brule Sioux) would be considered an ambitious social entrepreneur. At the age of 24, Peterson – already a husband and father – has worked his way out of special education classes, started his college education to become a doctor, and most recently purchased the […]

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Rapidly Growing Food Truck Industry Reaches Pine Ridge Reservation

Rapidly Growing Food Truck Industry Reaches Pine Ridge Reservation

As the general economy headed for a downturn in 2008, the food truck industry began a remarkable rise. As of 2015, annual food truck revenue hit $1.2 billion with a 12.4% increase over five years. With markets near saturation in large metropolitan areas like Denver and Silicon Valley, the Pine […]

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