Got Bank?
Open and account
                     ~Just Don’t Blow It

  • Provide safety and security for you buy-back settlement by keeping it in a financial institution. There are many advantages to having a bank account.  First and foremost, Safety. Money that is left in a home or on your person can be stolen or lost in a disaster, such as a fire. By contrast, up to $250,000 placed in a bank account is automatically insured against loss by the federal government. Even if the bank where you hold the account is robbed or goes bankrupt, your money is still safe. 
  • Convenience.  Having a bank account also opens the door to convenience for such things as paying bills or online shopping. Many bank accounts are set up so companies to whom account holders make regular bill payments -- insurance companies, utilities, lenders -- can extract money directly from the account. This saves the account holder the time and cost of mailing a check or money order. In addition, many banks offer direct deposit, in which an account holder's paycheck is automatically deposited into their bank account. 
  • Savings on Financial Transactions.  Many simple bank accounts, such as checking accounts, cost little or nothing to the account holder. Holding an account, however, can offer access to a number of financial services at a reduced rate. This includes cashing checks, which can cost money at a check-cashing outlet, but which is generally free to account holders. Similarly, while companies that wire money charge a fee as a percentage of the amount wired, banks charge account holders a lower flat rate.
  • Accessibility.  Instead of carrying all of your money with you, having a bank account gives you the option to withdraw a small amount of money from a variety of locations using a debit card. This card can generally be used to make purchases or to withdraw money from a an ATM. For larger sums, a person can write a check, allowing the recipient to withdraw a certain amount of money from her account.

Thinking about Investing?

  • Mutual Funds. Another great way to utilize your monies in "long-run" terms.  Below is a video about the basics of investing utilizing Mutual Funds.  A good overall review for ideas and to take to an investment advisor or your personal banker to go over what options work best for your financial needs. Visit:

Financial institutions have partnered with local community based organizations to host outreach meetings to talk about the benefits of bank accounts, financial services that are available and work with attendees to open online banking accounts and be available to consult.      

Mutual Fund Basics
Land Buy-Back Assessment Survey information

The Piikani Money Campaign surveys were completed at three junctures of the campaign, the first survey was before the Blackfeet Land Buy-Back offers were sent, the second, the Follow-up (mid) survey was conducted after the offers we accepted and delivered to recipients and the final report was completed approximately six months after the Buy-Back payments were dispursed and recipients could accurately tell us how they spent thier monies and if the financial literacy information was utilized.

Below you will find all three surveys, measuring the effectiveness of the Piikani Money, financial literacy, campaign.

Pre-Assessment Report
Follow-up Assessment Report
Final Assessment Report
The On Reservation vs Off Reservation Report shows the impact of the campaign by comparing people in the target campaign area compared to people off reservation who were less influenced by the campaign, or not influenced at all by the campaign. Very informative on the impacts of the campaign.
On/Off Reservation Report

*Many thanks to all who took our surveys, you were instrumental in helping us to better serve our community.