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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month
Green circle with white text that reads: In rural areas, Native Americans experience the second-highest poverty rate, behind black people.

November kicks off Native American Heritage Month, a time when we celebrate the culture and tradition of Native Americans.

NeighborWorks America and our network are committed to ensuring that every community is a place of opportunity for everyone, yet this population struggles with special challenges. In this issue, we look at how we support Native American communities.

Meeting Native American housing needs
Cover of Rural Voices: Meeting Native American Housing Needs on colorful Native background
The latest issue of "Rural Voices," a publication of the Housing Assistance Council, focuses on the progress in improving the housing conditions of Native Americans.

Patrice Kunesh, Director of the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, is one of the authors of the lead article, which features her organization's research on mortgage lending. NeighborWorks has partnered with CICD for the past two years.
Native American college offers students much more than higher learning
A woman sits at a wooden desk
For many college students, transportation to and from school is a barrier to success. When Native American students had to walk a long distance to access basic student services, NeighborWorks network member Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corp. stepped in and shortened the trek.
How can we reduce poverty among rural Native Americans?
A husky on an emptry strip of road in rural America

Poverty continues to be a challenge in many partsof the country — particularly rural areas. Earlier this year, NeighborWorks convened a panel of experts to discuss challenges and solutions to rural poverty.

The panel included Chrystel Cornelius, Executive Director of First Nations Oweesta Corp. Oweesta is the only Native intermediary for Native community development financial institutions (CDFIs). It offers financial products and development services exclusively to Native Americans. Cornelius says, "The CDFI model has been incredibly viable for Native and rural communities."

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