The Montana Native Homeownership Coalition gathered February 24-25 in Helena for strategic planning and fellowship. It was a great planning session with plenty of passion for the shared vision amongst tribal organizations, state and federal agencies coming to a consensus on the ultimate vision, which is expanding homeownership resources for the Natives of Montana.
The InterTribal, State and Federal agencies that answered the call to “Come Join The Circle” and help address the barriers to creating Native homeownership in the Big Sky state truly did join the circle by ending the first day with a blessing round danced, a symbol of unity and love. A special wopila to Walter Runs Above who explained the history and meaning of the round dance, as well as sang for us. Also to Bruce Plummer who said the prayer for us and dropped some of his deep wisdom on the group.
Special Thanks from the Montana Homeownership Steering Committee
Pinámaya to NeighborWorks Montana, and Enterprise Community Partners for active leadership and sponsorship support, for U.S. Bank event sponsorship and Fannie Mae supporting the work of Seven Sisters, for the excellent facilitation from Indigenous Collaboration, Inc. and the vision of Montana Native Growth Fund and Tribal practioners across the state. We are grateful to Councilman Messerly of the Fort Belknap Indian Community for addressing our group and for the active participation of every individual and the wealth and scope of experience, education, passion and drive exhibited during our planning session.