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March 18, 2016

NAT$VE in the BANK Deadline Extended to May 15th!

Pueblo of Isleta to Host Native Youth Empowerment Symposium on April 26th

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NAT$VE in the BANK Initiative for Native Youth: Deadline Extended to May 15th!

Washington, DC – Building on its First Kids 1st initiative and its work advancing Generation Indigenous (Gen-I), the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) joined forces with the Native Financial Education Coalition (NFEC) to launch NAT$VE in the BANK because they understand that Native youth building relationships with financial institutions by opening a bank account is a proven difference-maker in them making smart financial decisions over the course of their lives.
Designed for Native youth ages 12 to 25, NAT$VE in the BANK requires participants to finish four easy steps: complete a short, fun online course on financial education; open an account with a bank or credit union; take a “selfie” picture with a bank/credit union representative; and share through words or art their financial goals in life. Once they do, participating Native youth receive a NAT$VE in the BANK T-shirt and a chance to win an iPad Air. If participants recruit at least three friends to also complete NAT$VE in the BANK’s four easy steps, they are entered for a chance to win an iTunes gift card, an iPad mini, or a trip to NCAI’s 2016 Mid Year Conference in Spokane, WA. 

UPDATE: The NAT$VE in the BANK initiative will now run through May 15, 2016. To learn more about NAT$VE in the BANK and how youth, tribes, schools, organizations, and financial institutions can participate, please visit the NFEC website or email Ian Record at

For more information, click here.

Pueblo of Isleta to Hold Native Youth Empowerment Symposium on April 26th in Albuquerque

The Pueblo of Isleta (near Albuquerque, NM) will host the Native Youth Empowerment Symposium on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (National Financial Literacy Month).

Inspired by Generation Indigenous (GEN-I), the event will take place in one day (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) and will involve:

1) Discussion panels with experts from the fields of financial education, careers, education, and investments. A panel comprised of Native youth will also be featured.

2) Financial education activities involving budget simulations, games and activities designed to provide experiential learning for Native youth.

Who should attend? Tribal leaders and staff; Native youth; and advocates for education, financial literacy, economic development, entrepreneurship, and careers for Native youth.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The Native Youth Empowerment Symposium is hosted by the Pueblo of Isleta in association with TIWA Lending, The Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) and FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

The host hotel for this event is the Isleta Resort & Casino with a special rate of $89.00 per night. For reservations, please call 877-475-3827 .

WHEN: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (MDT) 

WHERE: Pueblo of Isleta - Convention Center - 11000 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM 87105

For more information, click here.

Toolkits, Resources, News & Events 

DEADLINE (TIME SENSITIVE): CDFI Fund SF-424 Grant Reminder (March 18th) 

TOOLKIT: Better Money Habits (Bank of America and Khan Academy) 

TOOLKIT: Hands on Banking (Wells Fargo) 

RESOURCE: Bank on Washington 

VIDEO: Black Hills Federal Credit Union: Tiospaya Wicasa 

AUDIO: SDPB Radio: Tanya Fiddler and Native Community Development 

NEWS: Indian Country Today: Native CDFI Network Calls Attention to Financial Insecurity, Inequality

NEWS: Casey Launches New Social Innovation Fund Initiative

EVENT: Jump$tart: Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill (April 5th, Washington, DC)

EVENT: Boosting the Power of Youth Paychecks (April 5th, San Francisco, CA) 

EVENT: Financial Literacy Summit 2016: The Future of Innovation in Financial Literacy (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and VISA) (April 20th, Chicago, IL) 

EVENT: Money Smart Week 2016 (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago) (April 23rd through 30th)
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