Family Budgeting Class In Spokane Washington

Are you tired of living pay check to pay check with what seems like no hope of changing?

Come to the Family Budgeting Workshop at the American Indian Community Center in Spokane Washington.

When: October 22nd,

Where: American Indian Community Center

Call: Rhonda or Cassandra at (509) 634-2626



Upcoming Indianpreneurship Course! Wellpinit Washington.

Mark your calendars everyone. The NNDF will be hosting a two day workshop on entrepreneurship.

When: July 12-13

Where: Spokane Indian Housing Office Wellpinit Washington

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Information: Contact Olivia Wynecoop, or call (509) 634-2626.


The NNDF Funding Dreams

Financing in Indian Country has always been difficult. Yet the Northwest Native Development Fund is working hard to provide capital to Tribal members expanding existing businesses in the forest products industry.FullSizeRender

Corby Turner has been working hard to grow his wood cutting business where he provides firewood to the Colville Senior wood program. For the last three years Mr. Turner has been working his “day job” while also building his own wood cutting and firewood program.
m. Mr. Turner’s new business expansion hopes to add an additional two employees to his operation.

Mr. Shane Innes and his company “Innes Wood IMG_5132Products” has been a client with the NNDF for a number of years and we have had the opportunity to help Mr. Innes grow his business from tree thinning on the Colville Indian Reservation to providing forest thinning for the National Forest Service as an 8a contractor. Shane’s new business expansion hopes to also add an additional two jobs.

With the recent spate of wildfires in the Pacific Northwest both Mr. Innes and Mr. Turner have undertaken to develop a fire suppression aspect of their forest service businesses.

These are just two more examples of our local Tribal members working hard and growing their businesses.

The NNDF A Little Loan Fund That Could… Help a New Restaurateur

—News Release—

The NNDF A Little Loan Fund That Could… Help a New Restaurateur

Tribal member Theresa Desautel-Gilcrist opens up the first restaurant in the Colville Tribes new Government Center

February 4, 2016 – Nespelem Washington.

In November of 2014, Theresa Desautel saw an opportunity. The Colville Tribes had just opened a brand new multi-million dollar government center that would house the entire Tribal administration. Hundreds of employees would be working in the new, state-of-the-art building. All those employees needed to eat.

Mrs. Desautel-Gilcrist approached the Tribe with a proposal to operate a cafeteria in the new building, offering healthy, tasty fare for breakfast and lunch. The new cafeteria would be operated by a private person, a Tribal member, rather than the government. The Tribal administration liked her idea and said, “Yes” to her proposal.Theresa sign

There was one problem. Mrs. Desautel-Gilcrist needed start up capital and some help with her business plan. The Northwest Native Development Fund has established itself as the “go to” local organization for both funding and business expertise for budding native entrepreneurs. Theresa turned to the Northwest Native Development Fund for help and the staff at NNDF went to work helping her make her dream come true.

The Executive Director of the NNDF, Ted Piccolo, noted some of the challenges Theresa faced, “Revenue projections for restaurants are difficult. Projections for a café, on a Reservation, in a brand new building of this size are even more difficult,” he said, “but things are always easier when the owner dives right into the project and Theresa really did.”

Entrepreneurs with a new business idea often find that start-up capital is extremely difficult, and often impossible, to get. Trying to get that kind of financing for a Tribally owned building on an Indian Reservation adds to that challenge. It most often entails more difficulties than an outside bank can address. However, the Northwest Native Development Fund was established to meet challenges just like this and has built itself upon doing those difficult deals. The specialized vision of the NNDF allows it to see true potential, accurately assessing the capabilities of the prospective native entrepreneur and then providing the financing needed.

Piccolo said, “In the case of Red Willow Café’, the market was there. The customers were right there in the building. The owner, Theresa, was burning the midnight oil leading up to the opening and the Tribal government administration really wanted a private individual in there who could service their employees. There was just many reasons a financing entity in the right place, with the right philosophy of lending, would take the opportunity to partner with Mrs. Desautel-Gilcrist.”

Eight weeks later the Red Willow Café’ opened its doors. Inside were 5 new employees and a whole new line-up of foods for the Nespelem area including healthy salads, sandwiches, soups, and smoothies. It might have seemed normal for Seattle, but for this small proud community located in the heart of the Colville Indian Reservation it is new and exciting. Very exciting.



Toni Jo Hall For Native Business Awards Gala!

The Stage Is Set For A Fun Filled Evening!

If you have not seen Tonia Native Business Awards GalaJo Hall perform you are definitely missing something. Ms. Hall has become somewhat of an internet sensation by performing and recording her very own “Auntie Beachruss” character. Now come out and join the NNDF and friends for an evening of fun, laughs, art and dinner.

Last year there were over 200 people who joined for our event with Grammy Nominee Randy Wood. This year looks to be even larger.

The event is set for April 22nd at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. Tickets are on sale now. You can purchase them online HERE or you can call Rhonda St. Pierre. Tickets are numbered for the incredible silent auction. Tickets are only $15 dollars and that provides you with a meal, entry into the silent auction and the hilarious comedy of Tonia Jo Hall.

Now you can also become a sponsor of this incredible event. Would you like to be part of an even that makes everyone happy? An evening where hundreds of people recognize the hard work and dedication of hard working Native Business Owners, artists and those who support them? By sponsoring this event you help the NNDF continue to provide services to entrepreneurs. You will help this wonderful event continue. You will have your name up in lights on the big screen so everyone will know that YOU TOO stand with these hard working people.

Eagle Sponsor $2,500:

  1. Will receive all of the benefits of the Salmon Sponsor, PLUS;
  2. Live recognition from the emcee of the event on the evening of the event;
  3. A table (Seating 10)

Salmon Sponsor $1,500:

  1. Salmon Sponsor will receive a minimum of three weekly expressions of appreciation in NNDF social media marketing (Facebook, Twitter);
  2. A footnote of thanks and appreciation on all emails delivered regarding the event, before and after the gala;
  3. A mention in any materials that are printed from the time sponsorship is confirmed up to the time of the event and to include any relevant post event publications;
  4. Logo and company name in printed materials distributed at the event;
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Bear Sponsorship $1,000:

  1. Bear sponsor will receive a minimum of a once weekly expression of appreciation in NNDF social media marketing (Facebook, Twitter);
  2. Logo and company name in printed materials distributed at the event;
  3. Logo and company name included in video presentation at the event.

Hummingbird Sponsorship $500:

  1. Initial thanks for sponsorship in NNDF social media marketing (Facebook, Twitter);
  2. Logo and company name in printed materials distributed at the event.
  3. Logo and company name included in the video presentation at the event.

Please contact Damaris Ortiz at (509) 633-9940 or email If you would like your logo to be presented in the materials please be sure to have your marketing department include them in your email along with something wonderful we can say about your organization in the video presentation!

The NNDF is a 501c3 Non-Profit Corporation and all contributions are tax deductible


Nominate Someone Today! It’s easy!

Do you know a person or business who deserves to be recognized for their contributions to the Native owned business community?

The Bear Award is given to a person or business or group who has been an advocate for the Native business community. Do you know someone who has been an advocate for Native businesses? Past winners include Dave Bonga from the Kalispell Tribe and Shivon Brite. Both have been quietly supporting businesses in Indian country.   If you know someone who does not get enough recognition then nominate them. It’s free and easy to nominate them. Simply go to THIS website and send in your nomination. We will then process your nomination. (The Bear in Native culture is often recognized as a protector of the little ones in the forest.)

Salmon Award is given to a person or business or group who has gone out of their way to buy Native. This can be a person or a business or an organization. Maybe you know a purchasing agent with a business or organization who tries to support Native owned businesses by purchasing Native products or services. Past winners include Wild Horse Casino and Resort and Gary George and Charlene “Sam” Wilson. Both were recognized for going out of their way to try to purchase Native products and services. We often encourage others to “Buy Native,” so now let’s recognize and celebrate people who do. Please go to this WEBLINK and make your nomination online. (In the Northwest Native culture the Salmon is recognized as providing for our people. He gives of himself. He is trade for our people.)

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Nominate Your Favorite Native Business of the Year!

Hundreds of attendees had a great time and enjoyable evening.

2014 Gala everyone had a great time!

Do you know a Native business owner in Washington State? The Northwest? Want to see them be recognized for their products, services or successes? We are looking for three kinds of nominees.

The Advocate: Or as we call it the “Bear” award. Do you know a person or organization who has been an advocate for Native owned businesses? That person or organization who, like the bear, looks out for others. Strong, dependable. Too often these people or companies go unnoticed. We want to award them in front of hundreds of their peers. All you have to do is go to this link and provide your nomination for the Bear award.

The Purchaser: Or as we call them, the “Salmon” award. Do you know a person or business who makes a strong effort to buy from Native owned businesses? Purchase Native products or services? We are forever encouraging people to “Buy Native” and yet we very seldom actually recognize them when they do. So let’s recognize a person or business who “Buys Native.” Then go to this link and nominate your selection for the Salmon Award.

Meet last year’s award winners, L to R: Charlene Sam Wilson (Salmon Award), Connie Shaver (Eagle Award) and Shivon Brite (Bear Award)

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Online nominations HERE. Or you can email your nominations to

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Now-Hiring-imageWant to work in a great environment? Fun people? Do you like accounting? A place where there are constantly new things happening?

If you think you have something to offer the Northwest Native Development Fund then we want to hear from you. We are actively seeking a staff accountant. Currently it is a part time position that will be four days a week at seven hours per day. A very high possibility that it will lead to a full time position after training and company growth.


—Staff Accountant—

Organization: Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF)

Position title: Staff Accountant

Supervisor: NNDF Executive Director

Salary and Benefits:    DOE

Hours: Part time to start. Four seven hour days.

Minimum Qualifications: Degree in finance, accounting or business administration is preferred with course work in business finance and analysis. Acceptable experience in lieu of education would be a minimum of five years experience in accounting, bookkeeping, finance or other related business field. Non-profit experience strongly desired. Must possess excellent computer, organizational and communication (verbal and written) skills. Must be familiar with word processing and spreadsheet software and common office equipment. Must have and maintain a valid Washington State driver’s license and have own, reliable auto. Must meet physical demands of the position.

Desired Skills and Experience: Knowledge of Quickbooks accounting software and Excel Spreadsheet software is essential. Must possess the ability to generate financial reports for multiple funding entities. Be able to track grant/funding dollars based on services provided. Applicants for the position will be expected to lean how to prepare and present written and oral loan summaries and portfolio reports using computerized financial analysis programs and loan portfolio management software. Must also be able to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing. Ability to pay close attention to numerous details. Must be self motivated and able to work independently, but also cooperatively with co-workers, clients, governmental agencies, financial institutions, the private sector, the general public and others. Must be able to meet deadlines and work effectively under pressure.

Duties of the Position:            The successful applicant will be responsible for preparing monthly financial reports (Quickbooks), tracking grants and assisting Executive Director in preparing reports for Board of Directors and Funding Authorities.

The position also coordinates technical assistance for borrowers and potential new clients in cooperation with the NNDF Small Business Counselor/Executive Director, local Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), SCORE, business training entities such as the community college, work source and skill source, and economic development organizations. The technical assistance involves referring clients or existing borrowers to these resources as well as following up to assess the impact and progress.

Occasional travel is required within the areas surrounding the Colville Indian Reservation, the Spokane Indian Reservation and the Kalispell Indian Reservation and Airway Heights. Some travel to other parts of the state may be required for meetings, workshops and training seminars.

Abilities and physical Demands: Position requires the ability to talk to and communicate with the public, co-workers and groups. Sits at a desk, at meetings and in vehicles for long periods of time. Uses hands and fingers to handle the telephone, computer, office equipment and write. Vision abilities require reviewing technical and legal documents, reports, telephone numbers, analytical and statistical reports. Stands and walks short distances. Stoops and bends, handles and lifts books, papers, client folders and office equipment up to 50 pounds.

Email resume to and request an application form. Call (509) 633-9940.

Download application here: Employment application



First Plateau Native Art Show/Sale a huge success!


With more than a dozen of some of the best Native Artists of the Eastern Washington Region showing up the first Plateau Native Art Show ended up being a great success. Virtually every artist who made the trip to Grand Coulee Dam Washington agreed that we must do it again. There was a lot of cross-pollination learning between the artists. We had experienced art show veterans and some new faces on the art scene all in attendance.


Here Diane Covington’s paintings of the women of the plateau region were on display. This was her first art show and  she said she wants to come back again. And we at the NNDF definitely want to help her market her works in the future.

The NNDF provided a judged contest with cash prizes to the top three contestants for their work. Each artists was allowed to choose one piece of work to be judged by a three person panel. All the works were amazing and the judges had a very hard time trying to choose a winner. However the winners were:

1st Prize – Roma Tynan with an incredibly detailed and intricate necklace.

horse regalia2nd Prize – Aurolyn-Stwyer with a jaw dropping full horse regalia.

3rd Prize- Jeanne Jerred, with a full beaded bag.

Our thanks go out to the artists who participated an all will be on our “first call” list for future events.



We also want to thank the First People’s Fund for their generous support in helping to put this event on. We would not be able to do this without their help.

First Ever Plateau Native Art Show/Sale, Grand Coulee Dam


Baby Girl First PowWowWhen: July 18 & 19

Where: Grand Coulee Dam, Body By Dam parking lot across from Coulee Hardware.

Come and join us.

The Northwest Native Development Fund’s first ever Plateau Native Artists summer art show/sale. Come see works of art from artists such as Tony Esquivel and Charles Garcia and many more!

Thanks to First People’s Fund

FPF2We want to thank the First People’s Fund and their dedication to Native American Artists nationwide. The FPF recognizes the efforts of the NNDF and artists of the Plateau region and have been willing to help fund this amazing event.

Her are just a few of the amazing artists to be showing their work at this event.

  • Stefanie Zacherle-MarchandC_Grunlose2
  • Aurlyn Stwyer
  • Jeanne Jarred
  • Sylvia Irey
  • Cheryl Grunlose
  • And many more

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