AKIPTAN

Akiptan (AH-KEEP-TAHN) is the Lakota word for together, in a joint effort, cooperatively.

Akiptan's mission is to transform Native agriculture and food economies by delivering creative capital, leading paradigm changes, and enhancing producer prosperity across Indian Country.

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VISION

Financial gaps have been filled and systems have been altered to ensure a future in which Native producers have equitable and innovative access to capital and resources to support their success in an Indigenized agriculture and food economy.

PROGRAMS

Akiptan is a Native American Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides loans and technical assistance to those in Indian Agriculture. Akiptan offers a whole suite of services that include financing youth, start ups, operating costs and ownership. Our CDFI takes it a step further and works with the client to assist with technical support as well as provide financial literacy training to help create a knowledgeable borrower.

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YOUTH LOAN & INVESTMENT

Native Youth are able to get a Loan or Investment through Akiptan that allows for the younger generations to start to grow their Agriculture Operation.

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GENERAL LOAN & INVESTMENT

The Ownership and Operating Loan/Investment allows for operators to borrow up to $100,000 in order to build capacity for their operation. 

LOAN VS INVESTMENT

Akiptan, being a Native CDFI, has the unique ability to develop loan programs that can truly benefit Natives in Agriculture.

Akiptan is able to provide a typical loan where a certain amount of money is borrowed and repaid back over several years. But, Akiptan is also able to provide a loan that allows for upfront capacity growth by “Investing” in your operation with an Interest Only payment option for several years before repaying the principal.