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  • Support Group
    Thursday, November 19, 2015

    Domestic Family Violence Program is hosting a support group from 6 pm-8 pm at the Wichita Complex Family Services Building

    Local transportation and child care will be available

    More information can be found in the flyer to the left.


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  • Walk Your Mocs
    November 13, 2015 11:21 AM

    In Recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month and “ROCK YOUR MOCS”  Day the Special Diabetes Program is Hosting a Diabetes Awareness Walk and Rock Your Mocs Contest. Where:  Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Complex When:  10am—12pm Registration:  9am What:  1 mile walk/run and Moccasins contest Health Screening provided Participants receive T-Shirt/Water Bottle Contest for best moccasins Snacks […]

  • AoA Thanksgiving Luncheon
    November 13, 2015 11:17 AM

    AoA Thanksgiving Dinner will be on Thursday, November 19. We invite all Wichita Elders to enjoy this meal with us.

  • Storm Shelter survey
    November 13, 2015 10:14 AM

    Storm Shelter Survey-We have received several of the storm shelter surveys back. Please make sure that you fill out the form that was in the October and November newspapers if you are interested in the Tribe having a storm shelter program. Identifying that there is a need for many helps us put a program in […]

  • Support Group
    September 21, 2015 9:56 AM

  • Food Distribution- Upcoming Cooking Demos
    August 31, 2015 1:11 PM

  • After School Program Enrollment Begins Today
    August 31, 2015 1:11 PM

  • OILS Wills Clinic to be held in October
    August 31, 2015 1:06 PM

  • Strategic Planning Meeting to Address Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Our Community
    August 28, 2015 3:22 PM

    VICTIMS OF CRIME ACT (VOCA) AND DOMESTIC FAMILY VIOLENCE (DFV) PROGRAMS   Strategic Planning to Address Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in “OUR” Community Friday, October 2, 2015 Wichita Tribal Complex, Community Center 8:30                        Registration 9:00–9:15               Welcome, […]

  • Support Group- Domestic Family Violence
    August 28, 2015 3:20 PM

  • Western Oklahoma Tribes Diabetes Summit 2015
    August 28, 2015 3:12 PM

    Watchetaker Hall, Comanche Complex 8:00 to 3:30pm “Healthy Generations: Renewing Traditional Sacred Lifestyles” Thursday, September 17th, 2015

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Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition, Inc. (ONAC) to Offer Children's Savings Accounts and Mini Grants for Family Emergency Savings Accounts with Tribes and Native Nonprofits in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK - The Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition, Inc. (ONAC), a statewide coalition in Oklahoma, has begun a project to promote family financial security and opportunity for American Indian families in Oklahoma through pilot Children's Savings Accounts and family emergency savings accounts.  

The project is funded by a $200,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.

"Children's Savings Accounts, or "CSAs," provide a nest egg of savings and can positively affect children's educational development.   Building from the groundwork that ONAC has laid with CSAs over the last few years, this project will launch the largest pilot of a Native Children's Savings Account project in Oklahoma," said Christy Finsel (Osage), Executive Director of the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition Inc.  "This project will also help our constituents to provide family emergency savings accounts.  With the varied project designs of our partners, we will be able to help Native youth and their families save for their future, have access to flexible savings, and connect to other asset building services.  These resources from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will allow the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition, and our Native partners, to address intergenerational poverty and to continue to positively impact a number of American Indian citizens in Oklahoma."

Efforts will focus on offering financial education, opening accounts and providing the initial opening deposit funds. The project will also continue to build the capacity of ONAC constituents to provide similar programs in the future.

With this project, ONAC will work with our constituents to open a total of 270 Children's Savings Accounts for American Indian children, ages birth to eight, in Oklahoma over the next three years.  The partners include the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes (Anadarko), Osage Financial Resources, Inc. (Pawhuska), Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation (Shawnee), Cherokee Nation Child Support Program (Tahlequah), Mvskoke Loan Fund (Okmulgee), and the Ponca Tribe Head Start (Ponca City).  Additionally, ONAC will offer a Request For Proposals (RFP) to fund six constituents (tribes and Native nonprofits in Oklahoma) as they provide family emergency savings accounts to tribal citizens.  The family emergency savings accounts may be linked to other asset building programs the constituents already administer such as financial education, entrepreneurship development, foreclosure prevention and homeownership preparation, Native language, matched savings account, credit builder/credit repair, and free tax preparation assistance.

"This project will help Native families, with lower incomes, to open flexible savings accounts to buffer them in times of emergency, income fluctuation, or irregular expenses," Finsel said.  "Such accounts will promote financial inclusion by providing a mechanism for Native families to connect to mainstream financial services that are safe and affordable.  With this funding, we will provide the initial opening account deposit and then the families can grow the accounts over time with their own deposits.  Emergency savings accounts, for any family, can be a step along the way towards family financial stability and economic mobility."   Finsel added, "We are very excited about the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's investment in Oklahoma Native communities and our Native-led asset building coalition."

About the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition Inc.: The Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition Inc. (ONAC), first organized in 2007 and now a nonprofit, is a Native asset building coalition that works with Oklahoma tribes and partners interested in establishing asset-building initiatives and programs in Native communities, for the purpose of creating greater opportunities for economic self-sufficiency of tribal citizens. 

The mission of ONAC is to build and support a network of Oklahoma Native people who are dedicated to increasing self-sufficiency and prosperity in their communities through the establishment of comprehensive financial education initiatives, Individual Development Accounts, and other asset-building strategies.  For more information about the coalition, go to  http://oknativeassets.org.            

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit  www.wkkf.org.