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Akiptan is proud to bring you the team of people who are helping to make a change in Indian Ag Finance. Below you can meet our team of staff and the professionals from across the country that make up the Staff and Board of Directors. 

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Sara Collins

Intern | 605-301-0581

Sara Collins joined the Akiptan team as the 2023 Summer Intern. In this role Sara will be learning about the Native Community Development Financial Institutions and all about Native Agriculture lending.  She will also be enhancing her financial literacy skills through a series of financial literacy sessions. 

Sara Collins is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She will be a senior at the Cheyenne Eagle Butte High School. 


Sara has participated in numerous internships for the Cheyenne River Youth Project in the previous years, which included the garden Internship. Sara's interest and passion for native agriculture and wanting to grow her own food for her family and community has led her to become an intern here at Akiptan. Sara is excited to learn about financial literacy this summer as well see the day to day tasks of the Native CDFI to support the Native Agriculture Producers nationwide.

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