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Alissa Benoist selected for Leadership Group for MIT’s 2019 Indigenous Communities Fellowship

Four Bands Community Fund is pleased to announce that their Program Coordinator, Alissa Benoist, has been chosen to be a part of the Leadership Group for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Solve’s 2019 Indigenous Communities Fellowship. The Leadership Group was formed by invitation only and is comprised of 11 thought leaders from across the country.

Through this unique opportunity, Alissa will work with other Leadership Group members to select and support the most promising solutions submitted through MIT Solve’s open innovation platform for the 2019 Indigenous Communities Fellowship. Fellowship applications were accepted from tech entrepreneurs within the Oceti Sakowin, Navajo Nation, and Hopi Tribe communities for solutions that support and scale economic development and resiliency. The Leadership Group will also provide mentorship and resources to innovators selected to be a part of the Fellowship.

“I am looking forward to representing Four Bands and sharing best practices that we have developed here on Cheyenne River with other Native communities and aspiring entrepreneurs,” says Alissa.

As an initiative of MIT, Solve is a marketplace for social impact that seeks out tech entrepreneurs from around the world and brokers partnerships to scale their innovative work – driving lasting, transformational change. The Indigenous Communities Fellowship, facilitated by Solve, is focused on identifying and supporting innovative solutions that combine technology and traditional ancestral knowledge to create sustainable and prosperous livelihoods within Indigenous communities.

About Four Bands Community Fund

Four Bands Community Fund, a nonprofit organization established in 2000, continuously strives to create economic opportunity by helping people build strong and sustainable small businesses and increase their financial capability to create assets and wealth.

Our programs and services translate the traditional Lakota values of self-sufficiency, wise resource management, and a spirit of entrepreneurship into practical applications for today’s modern Native American communities.

As a certified Native community development financial institution (CDFI), our programs and services are designed to empower our community members to achieve prosperity, whether it is through developing a new business or increasing personal financial skills.