First Nations Oweesta, based in Longmont, CO, supports economic growth in Native American communities through the creation, development, and capitalization of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Though WSCAT does not operate a CDFI, we do utilize Oweesta’s financial education curriculum, Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families
. This curriculum complements our IDA program, provides IDA clients with coursework required for their successful completion of the IDA program, and aids our staff in providing credit counseling to Warm Springs community members. First Nations Oweesta staff have also provided training to our financial education trainers, given us free and discounted Building Native Communities
course books, provided organizational capacity building advice and credit coaching training to our staff, and come to Warm Springs to provide Building Native Communities
training to our community members. In March 2018, First Nations Oweesta trainer Chris Hansen provided a Train the Trainers Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families
course for 6 WSCAT staff members, 12 Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs staffers, and 2 staff members each from the Nez Perce Tribe and Native American Youth and Family Center. This training is enabling WSCAT and the CTWS to provide financial empowerment services for CTWS tribal members of all ages.