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For Individuals & Familes

In order to build and protect their assets, Native people must take control of their financial futures. To accomplish this, we must be armed with the knowledge to make informed financial decisions.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, sites offer free tax assistance from IRS-certified volunteers.These sites help inform tax payers of credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, that they may not have known about otherwise.

Building personal financial skills is one of the most important components in breaking the cycle of poverty. Learning how to wisely manage resources, including money, is key to building a brighter financial future.

Many Native individuals and families have used matched savings programs, also known as Individual Development Account (IDA) programs, to achieve their financial goals.

In today’s economy, a credit score is a valuable financial asset.  Poor credit can often be a barrier that keeps people from accomplishing their dreams, such as buying their own house or starting their own business.

Because many Native communities are developing strategies to overcome the barriers trust land status puts on homeownership, more and more Native people are moving into successful homeownership.


Our Native youth are our most valuable assets, so it is important that we educate them on the wise use of resources, including money. It is by investing in our youth that we will permanently break the cycle of poverty.

Education is an asset. Obtaining a degree or vocational certificate can set you apart from other applicants when looking for a job, and it can provide you with a foundation to become an expert in your career field.