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Four Bands Hosts Founder's Day
April 26, 2016
We hosted Founder's Day to celebrate the past, present, and future of entrepreneurship on Cheyenne River. It was an informative event held in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, that revisited our history of achievement and honored successful local entrepreneurs. Watch the video from our Founding Executive Director, Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy below.

Tanya Fiddler Discusses Unlocking the Potential of Rural America with President Bill Clinton
June 10, 2015
Tanya Fiddler, Four Bands Executive Director, spoke on a panel titled, "New Horizons: Unlocking the Potential of Rural America," at the Clinton Global Initiative America 2015 Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The panel, moderated by President Bill Clinton, focused on growth potential, investment opportunities, and enhancing economic security in rural America.
Watch the panel now.

Interview with Tanya Fiddler, 2015 Asset Builder Champion Awardee
May 27, 2015
GlobalPolicy.TV is a web-based public affairs platform that explores important issues related to public policy, politics, and popular culture. Their mission is to introduce you to smart policy and political content across a wide range of issues from diverse people and perspectives. This featured article showcases an interview with Tanya Fiddler.
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Cheyenne River Workforce Development Survey Results
January 23, 2015
Although there are a large number of individuals who are able to work on the Cheyenne River Reservation, there are not enough job opportunities that fit the skills of our people. Currently, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, along with several community partners - Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Ventures, Cheyenne River Sioux Vocational Rehabilitation, Four Bands Community Fund, and Oyate Connections - is working to develop strategies that help the people of the Cheyenne River succeed in the workplace. As part of that effort, Four Bands conducted a reservation wide survey to assess the skills available in our community. The results of that survey have been compiled into a report to help community leaders and employers gain a better understanding of the strengths and needs of our workforce.
Download the report.

Four Bands Featured on Panel at bushCONNECT
May 12, 2014
Tanya Fiddler, Four Bands Executive Director, spoke on a panel titled, "Fail Safe: Fostering a Culture of Innovation," at bushCONNECT in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 12, 2014 with other Bush Prize winners. The panelists focused on leading their organizations through failure and systems, processes, and tools needed to address failure when it does happen. Watch a recorded stream of the panel here.

Northwest Area Foundation Supports Making Waves through the Native American Social Entrepreneurship Initiative
August 1, 2013
Making Waves offers comprehensive training to replace poverty and unemployment with financial literacy and business opportunity. Through this program, teens of the Cheyenne River Reservation are learning the ABCs of youth entrepreneurship: assess options, build experience and create markets. Read the full story.

Tanya Fiddler Shares Innovations in Economic Development Strategies
May 1, 2012
Executive Director of Four Bands, Tanya Fiddler, provides insight to successful economic development strategies implemented on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation during a panel at the Growing Economies in Indian Country National Summit in Washington DC on May 1, 2012. The panel titled, "Opportunities for Native Entrepreneurship, Small Businesses, and Capital Access," was moderated by Chris James of the Small Business Administration and also included Jeff Bowman of First American Capital Corporation, Mike Lettig of Key Bank, and Martin Olsson of Eagle Bank. Click here to watch a video of the panel. Note: this panel begins near the 30-minute mark of the entire video.

Market Research Report Reveals Great Opportunity for Growth in Local Business-to-Business Marketplace
Expanding the Business-to-Businesss Marketplace on the Cheyenne River Reservation, an in-depth market analysis, shows that local businesses, organizations, and institutions are spending over half of their operating budgets to obtain supplies and services from off-reservation vendors because local vendors simply do not exist. The report pinpoints where spending occurs as well as strategies for developing a local business-to-business market. Read the full report. Read the press release.

Findings of Cheyenne River's Organizational Market Research Report to be Revealed During 6th Annual Entrepreneurship Fair
The recently completed report, "Expanding the Business-to-Business Marketplace on the Cheyenne River Reservation," is scheduled to be presented during the community's 6th Annual Entrepreneurship Fair on February 22, 2012 at Upper Elementary in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. The report, completed by Four Bands Community Fund with support from Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Ventures, is the result of an in-depth analysis of the organizational market on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation and provides strategic recommendations for Native entrepreneurs to develop business-to-business relationships. Read the full story.

Tanya Fiddler Testifies at Hearing on Job Creation in Native Communities
Tanya Fiddler, Four Bands Executive Director, testified on behalf of Native communities at a Senate Banking Committee hearing to discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by Native American communities around the country. The Committee discussed obstacles holding back job creation such as lack of access to capital, as well as work being done to address the problem. Read the press release. Read Tanya Fiddler's testimony.

Four Bands Featured in "Innovative Native Nations in Rural America" Report
This paper was funded by the National Rural Assembly and prepared by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) to start a dialogue about the important partnership opportunities between rural communities, tribal nations, and their neighbors in urban communities. Four Bands' economic development strategies and results are highlighted on page 7. Download the report.

Tanya Fiddler is the Voice for Rural and Native America at the Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting
Tanya Fiddler, Executive Director, shared the Four Bands story on a panel titled, "American Success Stories," at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting on June 30, 2011. Watch the video. Read the article in Indian Country Today.

Tanya Fiddler, Executive Director of Four Bands Community Fund and Co-Chair of the Native CDFI Network (NCN) testified before an interagency hearing in Los Angeles, California on August 17, 2010 to recommend that modernizations be made to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Fiddler, who testified on behalf of Four Bands and NCN, spoke to regulators about developing strategies to ensure that the CRA effectively promotes financial services to serve Native communities. See the full story including Tanya's recommendations hereRead the full testimony here.

Four Bands was featured in the August 2009 Issue of the Aspen Institute's FIELD Funder Guide. Read here to learn about the challenges and solutions for building credit worthiness and find out how we are helping our customers.

Read our 2008 consumer market research report: Business Opportunities on the Cheyenne River Reservation
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Four Bands invites members of the media to learn more about our story of small business development on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. Check out our archived annual reports and newsletters, or read our customer success stories to find out how we are fostering growth and making a positive impact in our area. Contact us to request a media kit or to set up an interview.