The Little Shell Tribe is headquartered in Great Falls and has more than 5,400 members across Montana. After years of pushing for federal recognition, in December 2019, the Little Shell Tribe finally became a federally recognized tribe. Federal recognition will open a number of opportunities for the Tribe including access to federal funding, medical and elder care access, a tribal college, and land.
On July 9, Lt. Governor Cooney, Jason Smith, Director of Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, Tara Rice, Director of Depart. of Commerce, Kathleen O’Leary, Deputy Commissioner of Dept. of Labor & Industry, and Elisa Fiaschetti, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, met with stakeholders from the Little Shell Tribe to discuss the community’s accomplishments and successes, as well as their challenges and roadblocks.