Heitkamp Announces Federal Funding to Boost Economic Development in Indian Country

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp recently announced four federal grants totaling $204,000 to support economic growth on the Turtle Mountain, Fort Berthold, Spirit Lake, and Sisseton-Wahpeton reservations.

“Within North Dakota’s tribal communities, I’ve met with young people and entrepreneurs who are capable and ready to chart a course toward long-term economic growth and prosperity on our reservations,” said Heitkamp. “These federal funds will help Spirit Lake, Turtle Mountain, Sisseton-Wahpeton, and the Three Affiliated Tribes map out economic development strategies that will lower unemployment, increase opportunities for Native youth, and build successful businesses that will attract additional investment. I’ve long pushed for increased economic diversification on North Dakota’s reservations, and this funding is another major step in crafting comprehensive solutions to bring more jobs to Indian Country and more public and private opportunities to tribal citizens.”

These federal funds are invested into the following North Dakota tribes:

  • Spirit Lake Tribe: $51,000 in federal funds to create an economic development process and strategy to encourage additional public and private investment on the reservation and the surrounding areas.
  • Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa: $51,000 in federal funds to build a comprehensive economic development strategy for the region served by the tribe and to create a roadmap to diversify the tribal and regional economy.
  • Three Affiliated Tribes: $51,000 in federal funds to establish an economic development framework that supports both private and public investment on the reservation.
  • Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Sioux Tribe: $51,000 in federal funds to establish a strategy that boosts public and private capital investment on the reservation to support new jobs and additional economic opportunities.

These federal funds are made available through the Economic Development Administration (EDA), which supports the development and implementation of comprehensive development strategies (CEDS). According to the EDA, the CEDS process is designed to promote coordination between public and private sectors to strengthen regional U.S. economies.