Twenty-five Practitioners Become Certified as Homebuyer Education Instructors

On May 27 – 29, 2015, twenty-five homeownership practitioners attended a three-day homebuyer education instructor certification training in Pierre, South Dakota.  The in-depth training focused on homebuyer education for Native communities. Through the session, participants became certified to teach Pathways Home homebuyer education classes in their communities.


The training was sponsored by the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition, in partnership with GROW South Dakota and its RCDI Initiative.  Additional support was provided by 1st Tribal Lending, Wells Fargo, and Dacotah Bank.  The training was facilitated by the National American Indian Housing Council in partnership with Seven Sisters Community Development Group.

Coalition Facilitates Workshop at SD Indian Business Conference in Deadwood

On May 19, 2015, the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition facilitated a workshop at the SD Indian Business Conference on the “Intersections between Homeownership Development and Entrepreneurship.”  Elsie Meeks moderated the discussion, and Sharice Davids of Thunder Valley, Terry Lee of the FDIC, Kadem Fisher of Lakota Funds, and George Twiss of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Partnership for Housing participated the conversation.   Coalition representatives discussed the need for workforce housing, the work-home design concept, and what tribal leaders can do to promote homeownership.