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The “Just Don’t Blow It” campaign is holding community meetings to inform Land Buy-Back offerees and family members about options for their one-time payment. The Piikani Money campaign is focusing on eight core messages: avoiding falling victim to financial fraud, scams and predatory sellers of goods; preventing elder financial abuse; investing in the future by purchasing a home or starting a business; smart investing and saving; becoming “banked;” understanding how the impact of land buy-back monies could affect lease income and public benefits; and cultivating financially savvy youth. We will be holding the community meetings, with dinner provided, throughout Blackfeet Country at the following locations and times.

Nov. 1, 5-7 p.m.

Manpower conference room - Impact on Public Benefits

Nov. 2, 5-6 p.m.

Manpower conference room - Financial awareness and Banking fundamentals

Nov. 3, 5-6 p.m.

Manpower conference room - Avoiding Elder abuse

Nov. 14, 5-6 p.m.

Manpower conference room - Home ownership

Nov. 15, 5-6 p.m.

Heart Butte (TBD) - Financial awareness, Public benefits, Home ownership and Elder abuse

Nov. 16, 5-7 p.m.

Seville (TBD) - Financial awareness, Public benefits, Home ownership and Elder abuse

Check the Piikani Money website and Facebook page for TBD locations.

The Piikani Money “Just Don’t Blow It” Campaign is also disbursing short surveys throughout communities in and around Blackfeet Country and to members living outside of reservation boundaries. The surveys will be in both paper and electronic versions, giving everyone an opportunity to complete them. Look for our posters, flyers and mailings with further information. We encourage all offer recipients to complete the survey so we can better serve our Blackfeet communities. And you will receive a chance to win prizes! 

The Piikani Money “Just Don’t Blow It” Campaign is a grassroots pilot program being launched by a number of organizations and agencies working together to support landowners on the Blackfeet Reservation who will be receiving offers from the Department of the Interior under its Land Buy Back program. The campaign’s focus, through a broad multi-media platform, is to help land buy back offerees and their families become financially aware and prepared.

For more information, contact Loren Birdrattler at 509-850-5208 or Angie Main at 338-2992 or via email: info@piikanimoney.com and visit the Piikani Money website at www.PiikaniMoney.org and Facebook for up-to-date information on community meetings, dates and times, surveys and overall progress of Land Buy-Back information.

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