The first phase of Main Street Montana Indian Country saw significant success, from establishing a Tribal Apprenticeship Program to increasing collaboration across state agencies to work more effectively with tribal communities. The next phase of Main Street Montana, Rural Partners, focuses on reengaging with tribal communities. The Initiative is working with tribal communities to bridge resource and capacity gaps, address challenges unique to Indian County, reduce or eliminate roadblocks to economic success, and connect communities to share opportunities.
Rural Partners has found that tribal communities across both the state and country continue to innovate and make strides towards increasing economic opportunities in a number of sectors. Rural Partners compiled an overview of tribal economic development initiatives occurring in each state. The goal of sharing these initiatives is to help spur ideas for tribal communities in Montana to continue to diversify economies and increase economic opportunity. Take a look at the Tribal Economic and Development Initiatives Report.