SWTHA Monthly Zoom Meetings
2nd Tuesday of Each Month
1:00pm – 2:00pm MDT

Previous Guest Speakers:

Meeting January 11, 2022

Juel Burnette, 1st Tribal Lending Branch Manager, discussed what 1st Tribal does and has done to date with mortgage lending in Indian Country.

Tony Walters, NAIHC Executive Director, discussed preparing a packet to share with Congressional Delegates during visits to Capitol Hill.


Meeting December 14, 2021

Guest Speaker, Denise Zuni, Owner of Sh’eh Wheef Law Office, joined the meeting to discuss the following bills:
  • House companion bill to S.2092 – A request to NM Congressional Representatives to introduce a companion bill to S.2092, the Native American Rural Homeownership Improvement Act of 2021.The bill would make permanent the USDA 502 Home Loan Relending Pilot Program. The Pilot Program would allow Native CDFIs to deploy USDA 502 loans.
  • H.R. 5195, the NAHASDA Reauthorization bill – Reauthorization of NAHASDA and some of its provisions.

Click here for the Proposed Legislation PowerPoint presentation.
Letter of Request for S.2092, click here.
Overview of the Native American Rural Homeownership Act 2021, click here.


Meeting September 14, 2021

Saasha Renville of Medicine Wheel Information Systems (MWIS) will introduce their software technology for ERAP (Emergency Rental Assistance) and HAF (Homeowners Assistance Fund) online web portals. MWIS specializes in the unique design and development of a “tribal” focused technology platform to connect all enterprises.


Meeting August 10, 2021

Eileen R. Piekarz, Rural Development Specialist from Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), spoke about their Tribal Housing Excellence Academy. View more about the academy, click here.

RCAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so rural communities can achieve their goals and visions.


Meeting July 13, 2021

US Treasury looks to control innovation – FinTech FuturesEmergency Rental Assistance Program

David Heisterkamp II, Attorney at Wagenlander & Heisterkamp, LLC., discussed the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA).

Documents regarding ERA:


SWTHA will continue to provide the most current information through guest speakers at the monthly meetings, all members are welcome to join. If you would like to speak at one of the monthly meetings, or you have any questions, please email swtha.region8@gmail.com.