Crow Tribe

Bordered by Wyoming, the Crow Reservation is the largest reservation in Montana at about 2.2 million aces and home to nearly 75 percent of the Crow tribe’s approximately 10,000 enrolled members. Tribal businesses including the Yellowtail Market, Crow Nation Express, and Apsaalooke Bison Company are important in spurring economic growth and development on the Reservation, and the Tribe recently created a Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) to continue to support business opportunities. Chief Plenty Coup State Park offers significant historic and cultural experiences for visitors and tribal members, including the Chief Plenty Coup Day of Honor each year.

On June 6, 2019, Lt. Governor Cooney, Jason Smith, Director of Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, Tara Rice, Director of Depart. of Commerce, Heather Sobrepena, Depart. of Commerce Indian Country Economic Development Program, Ken Fichtler, Chief Business Development Officer of Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and Elisa Fiaschetti met with stakeholders on the Crow Reservation to discuss the community’s accomplishments and successes, as well as their challenges and roadblocks to success.

Rural Partners Highlights

During the Rural Partners visit we discussed priorities, and the challenges and opportunities to reaching these priorities were identified and discussed. These included:

  • Broadband
  • Infrastructure
  • Workforce & Education
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture & Food Sovereignty
  • Business Development
  • Energy
  • Opportunity Zones

Rural Partners has continued to work with the tribe make appropriate connections, provide resources, and identify potential next steps. In the meeting notes, there are a number of resources and examples to provide assistance and advance opportunities.