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.