Welcome to CIHAND!

The Coalition of Indian Housing Advocates and Native Developers, CIHAND, a non-profit organization developed by North Dakota tribal housing professionals in 2002. CIHAND received its 501 C 3 status in 2007. Since its inception, CIHAND has been governed by tribal board members, who play a major role in the operations and direction of the organization. The board consists of individuals with backgrounds of working in a variety of tribal housing capacities, organizational development, grant writing and program development, procurement, housing/facility development, financial skill building, expertise with various grant funding and loan programs and opportunities, and economic development.

Since its inception, CIHAND has provided training for housing and community development professionals, and has sponsored annual conferences. In addition, CIHAND has provided on-site training and technical assistance to tribal entities in all major areas of tribal housing, mortgage lending, and small business development. With all training and conferences, CIHAND has partnered with United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) to provide participants the opportunity to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the college. In 2014, CIHAND expanded its area of service to include Montana and South Dakota.

In response to a lack of lending opportunities for tribal individuals, in 2009, the CIHAND board determined to address this unmet need through the development of a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). In May of 2011, a startup grant through USDA-RD-RHED was received, and the First Americans Loan Fund was created and began lending in 2012. The loan fund provides assistance for the purposes of starting a business or those expanding a current business, and home purchase and renovation. The loan fund currently assists tribal members residing in North Dakota only, but has immediate plans to cover Montana and South Dakota as well.


Coalition of Indian Housing Advocates & Native Developers | 2015 | Bismarck, ND