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Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe Showcases Successful Models to Increase Native American Homeownership

Approximately 100 federal and state agencies, tribal entities, policy makers, lenders, tribal enterprises, and nonprofit organizations gathered at Sisseton Wahpeton College to discuss homeownership as a solution to the long-standing housing shortages that Indian reservations face. While homeownership in mainstream America has become a greater challenge following the mortgage crisis in 2008, it has always […]

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Coalition to Launch Native Housing Needs Studies Project

With support from the South Dakota Governor’s Office and the South Dakota Housing Development Authority, the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition will be facilitating housing needs studies (Studies) in two small tribal communities in South Dakota. These Studies will be designed to aide community members and decision makers in developing a meaningful sense of the […]

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Coalition Hosts Meetings with Contractors to Foster Increased Building

On March 10 and June 3, 2015 the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition met with contractors on the Pine Ridge Reservation to explore how to support contractors’ efforts to build more homes.  Suggested tools and strategies from these meetings included: providing sample construction contracts and agreements developing model building codes looking into conducting an inspector […]

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Twenty-five Practitioners Become Certified as Homebuyer Education Instructors

On May 27 – 29, 2015, twenty-five homeownership practitioners attended a three-day homebuyer education instructor certification training in Pierre, South Dakota.  The in-depth training focused on homebuyer education for Native communities. Through the session, participants became certified to teach Pathways Home homebuyer education classes in their communities.   The training was sponsored by the South […]

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Coalition Facilitates Workshop at SD Indian Business Conference in Deadwood

On May 19, 2015, the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition facilitated a workshop at the SD Indian Business Conference on the “Intersections between Homeownership Development and Entrepreneurship.”  Elsie Meeks moderated the discussion, and Sharice Davids of Thunder Valley, Terry Lee of the FDIC, Kadem Fisher of Lakota Funds, and George Twiss of the Oglala Sioux […]

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Thirty Coalition Members Certified as Financial Education Instructors

On March 26 – 28, 2015, thirty South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition members from across the state participated in a three three-day intensive train-the-trainer session in Pierre focusing on financial education for Native communities.  Through the session, participants became certified to teach Building Native Communities financial education classes in their communities.  Participants represented nonprofit organizations, […]

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Coalition attends SDHDA Annual Housing Conference in Pierre

The South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition hosted a pre-conference session and quarterly gathering on Monday, October 27, prior to the South Dakota Housing Development Agency conference. The session provided an opportunity for Coalition members to network, share accomplishments, review Coalition progress and milestones, and conduct in-person committee meetings. This year, for the first time, the […]

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