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South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition

The South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition received a grant award from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Native Americans (ANA) that will provide over a million dollars in funding aimed at establishing an independent statewide nonprofit organization. The Administration for Native Americans grant will provide $1.2 million of the total $1.5 million project budget over a three-year period.

“We are in gratitude as we acknowledge this major support from the Administration for Native Americans. This is a very exciting advancement in the Coalition’s growth and development process,” says Elias Mendoza, Program Director of the Coalition.

Mendoza will be working closely with the Coalition’s Executive Committee to build the organizational infrastructure needed to transition the group from an informal coalition to a sustainable Native-led nonprofit organization. Since its inception eight years ago, the Coalition has been operating largely with consultant and volunteer support, and Lakota Funds, a community loan fund based on the Pine Ridge Reservation, has been serving as its fiscal agent. Earlier this year, Mendoza was hired as the Coalition’s first full-time staff member, a major step in the organizational development process.

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“The South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition is a very active and dynamic group of leaders in the Native homeownership field, and it has been growing at a rapid pace for several years. This funding support will enable the Coalition to continue following that trajectory of progress,” says Tawney Brunsch, Executive Director of Lakota Funds and also Executive Committee Member of the Coalition.

The Coalition was one of 75 organizations that received a total of $19.9 million in funding from Administration for Native Americans' 2021 grant cycle. 

About the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition

The South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition was born out of a need to expand homeownership opportunities for Native Americans in the state of South Dakota. Created in 2013, the Coalition is a diverse group of agencies, institutions, and organizations that works to increase homeownership opportunities for South Dakota’s Native people to build strong and healthy communities. Its growing group of members includes representatives of South Dakota’s tribes, federal and state agencies, tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs), nonprofit organizations, housing developers, lenders, and community development financial institutions. The South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition works to increase Native homeownership rates by strategically leveraging knowledge and resources among stakeholders and other key entities. More information about the Coalition can be found at

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