Executive Director Update

ATNI-EDC’s parent organization ATNI has selected next Executive Director: The Executive Board of Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) has selected Amber Schulz-Oliver as the organization’s next Executive Director. Ms. Schulz-Oliver will join [ATNI] on September 6, 2022.

Amber is a descendant of the Yakama Nation and has Wasco, Hawaiian, Shoshone, and European ancestry. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation (ATNI-EDC). Among her accomplishments at ATNI-EDC, Amber has developed a regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and grew the capital base of the loan program. Under her latest initiative, Amber designed a strategy to deploy Tribal State Small Business Credit Initiative Funds—a Department of Treasury program that will bring upwards of $17 million dollars into the Pacific Northwest to develop Tribal and Native-owned businesses. Her experience in non-profit organization, capacity building, fundraising, and community engagement will continue to strengthen this long-standing organization.

“The ATNI Executive Board is excited to announce the hire of Amber Schulz-Oliver as our new Executive Director. Amber has a great knowledge and understanding of ATNI through her work at ATNI-EDC. We are looking forward to a smooth transition and new chapter in our history. Amber is committed to further strengthening of our organization to serve our member tribes and achieve our important mission. The Executive Board appreciates the strong applicants and the quality brought forward for selection in this process.”

Amber looks forward to propelling ATNI to its next phase to continue making impacts both regionally and nationally. “I am truly honored that I have been warmly welcomed to the ATNI Family- first to ATNI-EDC, and now in this new role as Executive Director of ATNI. I look forward to using my skills and experience to serve ATNI and ATNI Member Tribes in this new capacity.”

ATNI-EDC is grateful for Amber’s years of service to our mission, vision and values. Stay tuned for what is next at ATNI-EDC!

Economic Resiliency Loan Application Window Closing 7/26 – Apply Now!

Native-owned businesses operating in the ATNI region (Oregon, Washington, Idaho and some surrounding states) that have experienced hardships associated with the Covid-19 pandemic are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, which closes next Tuesday, July 26th.

Terms include a payment holiday for the first six months, interest rates starting at 2.5% and waived closing fees.

Interested? Download the application here, or contact Loan Officer Guy Belfiore at loans@atniedc.com.

What’s Happening Week of 7/11 at ATNI-EDC

Tuesday 7/12 @9am PST: Weekly SSBCI call to discuss ATNI-EDC’s regional strategy. Email casey@atniedc.com for more information and to join the calls.

Friday 7/15 @12pm PST: Join us for the Vibrant Tribal Economies Webinar on Promoting Entrepreneurship with James Alan Parker, Executive Director of Oregon Native Amber Chamber of Commerce, and Jacob Wallis, Business Services Manager at Nixyaawii Community Financial Services. Register for the call-in link here: https://tinyurl.com/yshye628

Join us 7/15: Promoting Entrepreneurship Webinar

Join us for the next installment of our Vibrant Tribal Economies webinar series. Our next session features special guests James Alan Parker, Executive Director of Oregon Native American Chamber of Commerce (ONAC) and Jacob Wallis, Business Services Manager at Nixyaawii Community Financial Services (NCFS) discussing Promoting Entrepreneurship.

Are you interested in building a thriving indigenous entrepreneurial ecosystem? Register here to join the call: https://tinyurl.com/yshye628