Other Successful Native American CDFIs

The following Community Development Financial Institutions are examples of successful CDFIs managed by other Native American tribes.

Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation
Founded in 2003, the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation (CPCDC) provides access to capital and business development services to Native Americans in order to expand the capacities of small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. As a non-profit community development financial institution, the CPCDC has lent millions of dollars needed by small businesses to turn their ambitions into reality while helping to stimulate job creation and economic development.

Hopi Credit Association
The goal of the Hopi Credit Association is to become the lender of choice by providing quality, culturally sensitive loans at competitive rates. We strive to meet the lending needs of the Hopi people. Our mission allows for a board-based economic development that is consumer driven on the Hopi Reservation. Our hope is to provide the bridge from a cash society to a more credit based society.


Four Bands Community Fund
Four Bands Community Fund was founded in 2000 and has grown to be the leading organization on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

Four Bands' mission is to assist entrepreneurs of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation with training, business incubation, and access to capital, encouraging economic development and enhancing the quality of life for all communities and residents of the Reservation.

Four Bands uses an asset-based approach and provides training and loan funds to enable people to create their own futures. Four Bands is the leading organization on the Reservation in the areas of small business lending, incubation, and entrepreneurship education. We are also one of the leading organizations among our peer CDFI organizations that were founded to serve Native American communities.


First Nations Development Institute
About First Nations: For 30 years, using a three-pronged strategy of Educating Grassroots Practitioners, Advocating for Systemic Change, Capitalizing Indian Communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own - be they land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources - and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities. First Nations serves rural and reservation based Native American communities throughout the United States.

Our Values: We Believe that When Armed with the Appropriate Resources, Native Peoples Hold the Capacity and Ingenuity to Ensure the Sustainable, Economic, Spiritual and Cultural Well-Being of Their Communities.

Our Mission: We Strengthen American Indian Economies


First Nations Oweesta

Oweesta helps build strong Native institutions and programs through professional services designed to build local capacity and provide powerful tools for Native community development. Based on the Oweesta Integrated Asset Building Model, our primary programs and services are:

  • Training, TA & Consulting
  • Capitalization
  • Research, Policy & Advocacy



Opportunity Finance Network
Opportunity Finance Network is the leading network of private financial intermediaries identifying and investing in opportunities to benefit low-income and low-wealth people in the U.S. Our financing delivers both sound financial returns and real changes for people and communities.

OFN's mission through 2025 is to lead CDFIs and their partners to ensure that low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities have access to affordable, responsible financial products and services.

OFN exists to align capital with social, economic, and political justice. This is OFN's purpose. OFN will pursue this purpose for as long as it takes to achieve. When capital and justice are aligned, all people will have the resources and opportunities to act in the best interests of their communities, themselves, and future generations. This is OFN's vision.

May 2022