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State Tribal Economic Development Commission (STEDC)

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Legislative Update:

Native American Gap Financing Revolving Loan Program

Bill #HB 301 Sponsor: Rep. Rae Peppers
Committee:  House Appropriations Status: Tabled House Appropriations Committee Executive Action:  10-10.  Bill currently tabled


Continue the Montana Indian Language Preservation Program

Bill # HB 559 Sponsor:  Representative George Kipp III
Committee: House Federal Relations, Energy and Telecommunications Status: Hearing on March 6th at 3:00 in Rm 472  



Provide for Recognition of Tribally Organized Business Entities

Bill #:  SB 307 Sponsor: Senator Sharon Stewart-Peregoy
Committee:  Business, Labor and Economic Affairs (Senate) Status:  Bill passed through Senate-Transmitted to House  



Indian Country Economic Development Program

Bill #HB 2 Sponsor: Rep. Nancy Ballance
Committee: In front of House Appropriations Committee Status:  Unanimous decision by Joint Committee to continue as a One-Time-Only program  


To track Indian economic development bills, go to Indian Economic Development Bills


Who We Are:

The State Tribal Economic Development Commission (STEDC) was established in the Native American Economic Development Act of 1999. This commission is tasked with assisting, promoting, developing, and providing initiative recommendations for accelerating economic development on these Reservations in the areas of business expansion, manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, and community development.  (Montana Code Annotated 90-1-131 through 90-1-135).


Work in a government-to-government relationship with tribal governments in Montana to expand and improve economic development opportunities for each of the eight tribal nations.

Funding Opportunities:

The State of Montana supports businesses and communities enhance their economic development ideas through a diverse set of grants, loans, equity funds and technical assistance. Please review the Funding Opportunities document to learn how Montana and the State Tribal Economic Development Commission can support your business. For further questions, please contact Casey Winn Lozar at 406.841.2821 or via email.

Contact Information

State Tribal Economic Development Commission
Montana Department of Commerce
PO Box 200505
Helena, MT 59620-0505
Phone: 406-841-2821
Fax: 406-841-2731


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