When Amber Buker explains how she came to co-found a neobank for Native Americans, she tells the story of the time she tried applying to a down payment assistance program for members of her tribe.
It was in 2017, when she was working in Nashville, after graduating from law school in Portland, Ore. There she realized just how removed from the traditional financial system she and her family were, and set her sights on home ownership. But as a first generation college student and first in her family to buy a home, she didn’t know how to get started. Then her mother told her their tribe, the Choktaw
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