The Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition (ONAC) is a nonprofit Native-led asset building coalition that works with 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. While their focus is on serving Oklahoma tribes and Native nonprofits, they’re now working on a national level with their participation in asset building advisory groups, requests for administrative policy guidance at the federal level, and in their work to open Children’s Savings Accounts for Native youth, and Emergency Savings Accounts for Native families.
With support from the Wells Fargo Foundation, ONAC has restarted the national Native EITC/VITA Network. The purpose of the ONAC Native EITC/VITA Network is to share resources and opportunities, to provide a platform for interaction among Native site coordinators, and to bring concerns from Native VITA sites to appropriate parties.
As part of these efforts, ONAC has generated a mailing list and a directory of Native-serving VITA sites and other interested parties. The directory will be available to Native VITA practitioners who would like to connect with others doing similar work throughout the country.