One Fire Development is dedicated to advancing Native American community and economic development through recognizing and valuing the inherent capacities and wisdom that uniquely exist in each tribal community.
Who We Are
We are a team of professionals with extensive experience in community, economic, and enterprise development. Spanning over twenty years, we have developed the technical expertise to understand what works in Indian Country and what can go wrong.
We have worked with organizations like First Nations Development Institute and National Congress of American Indians, government agencies such as NASA and the SBA, and have taught economic development to native people from more than fifty tribes. We have led Tribal Nation transformations that have delivered additional services, created jobs and improved the quality of life for its citizens.
What We Do
One Fire offers a collaborative, creative approach to transformation. At the core of our practice is the ability to listen and respond appropriately. We draw on the strengths and values of Native communities to implement the necessary change and achieve results.
We offer practical tools to assist in organizational development.
One Fire Background
The seeds of One Fire were planted in a developmental venture for one of the largest Indian Nations in Oklahoma in 1999. Funded by the Ford Foundation and First Nations Development Institute, the two-year project was created to transform the tribal service organization. The project focused on rebuilding and redirecting the system of governance, service delivery, and administration by integrating leading management practices with Native culture and values.
Kyle Smith created the non-profit organization to provide technical assistance in advancing community and economic development within Indian Country.