Native CDFIs bring holistic approach to assessing credit risk
FOR NATIVE AMERICANS IN OUR SERVICE AREA
If you have a tribal lease, allotted land or fee land, you can build your own home using one of these methods:
About Mazaska Owecaso Otipi Financial
Founded in 2004, Mazaska Owecaso Otipi Financial (Mazaska) is a Native Community Development Financial Institution that provides housing loans and financial & homebuyer education training. Mazaska serves members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe living on, or in communities adjacent to, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and enrolled members of other federally recognized tribes in South Dakota. Mazaska’s mission is to create safe and affordable housing opportunities on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation by providing loans, training, and financial insight to empower our native people to build assets and create wealth.
Our mission is to create safe & affordable housing opportunities by providing loans, development services, & financial insight to empower out Native people to build assets & create wealth.
Our desire is to help Lakota Oyate (community) regain their rightful status living in a clean, comfortable, safe, & sustainable environment by providing homeownership & renovation opportunities.
"My family and I recently moved into our home in January, 2022. I made this goal of mine happen by taking Mazaska’s “Financial Literacy Credit When Credit is Due” and “Homebuyers Education” classes.
While I was completing these classes I was working on building my credit. Everything was very simple with the help of Stephanie and Amanda. They walked me through each course, helping me to understand what I needed to do to become a homebuyer. I encourage everyone to take this important step to become a homebuyer.
My family and I have our forever home and I am very grateful for all the help Mazaska has given me. "
- Shalyn Janis