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Economic Development

Strengthen ND
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MINOT, S.D. — Strengthen ND, a community development organization focused on supporting nonprofits and rural North Dakota communities, has secured federal grant funding to help the state’s five Native nations foster entrepreneurship and economic diversification. 

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TAMA, Iowa — The Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa has launched the state’s first CBD dispensary located on tribal land.

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — When Kelly Drummer first joined MIGIZI in 2018, first as a consultant and a few months later as its president, her efforts focused in large part on raising funds to renovate the organization’s new headquarters. 

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ROSEBERG, Ore. — Takelma Roasting Co. shares a little bit of Umpqua culture with every pack of coffee it sells. 

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JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Native-owned Sealaska Corporation has added to its portfolio of food companies with the acquisition of a U.K. seafood importer and processor. 

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KODIAK, Alaska — Alaska Native-owned Koniag Inc. has acquired a Soldotna-based electrical services provider to add to its growing portfolio of companies in the energy and water sector. 

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission has granted licenses to 154 tribal applicants who applied during the “Rural Tribal Priority Window” to access unassigned wireless broadband spectrum over their reservations.

Joe Borgstrom
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Until the passage of the HEARTH Act in 2012, American Indian tribes often were limited in how they could steer commercial and residential land use on trust lands.

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New federal legislation will help pave the way to deliver needed services to Native American and Alaska Native entrepreneurs throughout Indian Country.