Welcome to One Fire Development
One Fire Development was created to alleviate poverty and oppression in tribal communities by helping Native American’s build secure, productive and honorable communities through cultural and economic development. As Native Americans, we believe the foundation of tribal sovereignty is a strong and economically vibrant tribal community.
One Fire works with tribal communities to end chronic poverty in order to unleash the potential of Native peoples who can and will win against nearly impossible odds.
Founded by Chief Wilma Mankiller, and today led by Chief Chad Smith, the One Fire team understands Indian country and believes the most crucial insight in economic development is that Native communities are capable of leading their own development. We provide the tools to help tribal communities succeed as entrepreneurs, students, skilled workers, homeowners, investors and future leaders.
Whether your needs are procuring grants, creating profitable enterprises, or finding untapped economic advantages, we can assist you in multiple ways.