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Ginger L. Welch Complex
810 Acquoni Road
Cherokee, NC 28719

Ph 828-359-5002
Fax 828-359-5007

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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History & Mission

The Sequoyah Fund is an independent, non-profit Native American Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). The organization evolved from a loan fund program of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

The program was managed by the business development department. A decision was made to take this loan fund program through a rigorous reorganization process and establish an independent Native CDFI that could receive CDFI certification from the US Treasury. The Sequoyah Fund obtained this certification in 2005.

Sequoyah Fund’s mission is to provide training, technical assistance, and resources to support entrepreneurship, business start up and expansion, and community development in the seven far western counties of North Carolina and on the Qualla Boundary.

Strong Vision

Sequoyah Fund honors and pays respect to Sequoyah, one of the great leaders of the Cherokee people who provided the gift of knowledge and inspired others to share their knowledge. We embody the traditional values of the Eastern Band of Cherokees as well as the contemporary principles of the Cherokee people.

Solid Track Record

Since 2001, Sequoyah Fund, together with Cherokee Enterprise Development provided training and technical assistance services to more than 1,000 individuals and approved more than 135 loans totaling almost $4,600,000. And we’ve helped businesses increase their annual incomes by anywhere from 3% to 7% and created and retained an average of two jobs per loan.

We’re working together to stimulate a year-round economy, promote self-sufficiency, and improve the quality of products and services available.

Funding and Support

Our work with businesses would not be possible without funding from a diverse group of supporters who share our commitment to business and economic development in the seven far western counties of North Carolina.

Our list of past and current supporters includes:

We invite others to contact us about becoming a supporter. Sequoyah Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. Therefore, gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by federal law. Contact Russ Seagle, Sequoyah Fund’s Executive Director to learn more.




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