Fort Peck Tribes

Bordered by the Missouri River and the great Fort Peck Dam, the Fort Peck Reservation is home to two separate American Indian Nations, Assiniboine & Sioux. About 6,800 Assiniboine and Sioux live on the Fort Peck Reservation, with another approximately 3,900 tribal members living off the reservation. At over two million acres, the Fort Peck Reservation is the third largest reservation in the state and offers countless outdoor recreational opportunities, including camping, boating, fishing, hunting, sightseeing, and wildlife viewing. In addition, the Fort Peck Assiniboine And Sioux Culture Center and Museum features permanent exhibits of Assiniboine and Sioux heritage, arts and crafts.

June 5, 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, Kathleen O’Leary, Deputy Commissioner of Dept. of Labor & Industry, and Elisa Fiaschetti, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, met with stakeholders on the Fort Peck Reservation to discuss the community’s accomplishments and successes, as well as their challenges and roadblocks to success.

Rural Partners Highlights

Red Bottom Powwow, Fort Peck Indian Reservation

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

  • Business Development
  • Food Sovereignty
  • Tourism

Rural Partners continues to work with the tribe to identify additional challenges and opportunities, make appropriate connections, provide resources, and identify potential next steps. In the meeting notes (LINK), there are a number of resources and examples to provide assistance and advance opportunities.