Economic Development

Fort Peck Reservation -Over a barrel

Fort Peck Reservation -Over a barrel

By Matthew Frank Three years ago, as Forrest Smith walked around an old oil field on the Fort Peck Reservation, in the remote northeastern corner of Montana, he spoke optimistically about the potential for the Bakken oil boom to reach the reservation and pull the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes out of poverty. Smith, the tribes’ […]

Montana tribal members eligible for state grants

LAME DEER, Mont. –– Under the recently expanded Montana Indian Equity Fund (IEF) for Small Business, individual enrolled tribal members from Montana can now apply for grants of up to $14,000 to start or expand a small business, both off and on reservation. A Montana Department of Commerce (DOC) staff person said that this fiscal […]

Grand Traverse Band Buys Interest in Retail, Commercial & Residential Project

Grand Traverse Band Buys Interest in Retail, Commercial & Residential Project

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians has purchased a stake in a major retail, housing and commercial project in Acme, Michigan. The Band will invest in 160 acres out of the 180-acre project, with anchor retailer Meijer owning the other 20. The site of the project dubbed the Grand Traverse Town Center […]

LUMMI RESERVATION: Lummi Nation moves forward with plans for marina at Gooseberry Point

LUMMI RESERVATION: Lummi Nation moves forward with plans for marina at Gooseberry Point

LUMMI RESERVATION — A marina for Lummi Nation fishermen at Gooseberry Point is still years away, but Whatcom County officials this year will begin working on a plan to accommodate the marina by altering the Lummi ferry dock. The county will not be required to relocate the dock, but it likely will need to be […]

Oklahoma tribe finds sweet success with chocolate factory

Oklahoma tribe finds sweet success with chocolate factory

DAVIS — Corn nuts and wasabi peas are some of the weirder food items that Bedre Fine Chocolate has dipped in chocolate over the years. Chocolate-covered Twinkies are one of the most coveted items at the Bedre’s retail store. “They can’t keep them on the shelf,” said Phillip McWherter, general manager of Bedre. Three enrobing […]

Northeast Nebraska tribe invests in Native American Bank

Northeast Nebraska tribe invests in Native American Bank

WINNEBAGO, Neb. | Ho-Chunk Inc. has become a major shareholder in the parent company of Native American Bank. The $61 million bank, headquartered in Denver, specializes in commercial loans to tribal governments and enterprises, as well as home loans to Native Americans. Ho-Chunk, the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska’s economic development corporation, on Monday announced its […]

Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin Business News

Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin Business News

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin is not giving up on the Kenosha casino project, despite the recent rejection by Gov. Scott Walker. “At this point the Kenosha project team is exploring different avenues that are still available,” said spokesman Michael Beightol. “At the point those avenues are more clear and apparent, we will have […]

Tribe Boosting Oklahoma Economy With Nearly $1 Billion Investment

Tribe Boosting Oklahoma Economy With Nearly $1 Billion Investment

Progress is the key theme of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and it was the message at the tribe’s State of the Nation address on Saturday. Much of that progress is being made through economic development. The state of Creek Nation is not only something that affects tribal members, it’s also something that affects Green Country […]

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