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CSKT receives $442k grant for Sustainable Economic Development Project

PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have received $442,000 from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) to complete a three-year Sustainable Economic Development Project. The Tribal Economic Development Office worked with tribal consultants from the Next Seven Group to apply for this highly competitive Social and Economic Development Strategy (SEDS) grant.

“We are honored to have received this award from ANA,” said Janet Camel, Project Coordinator. “It will help us study the regional economy and determine where there is the best potential for sustainable job opportunities on and near the Reservation. The information we gather about the local economy, and from Tribal members about career goals, job skills, and education and training needs, will help us create a sustainable economic development strategy and training program.”

The Project is being directed by a team of Tribal staff, including the Economic Development Office, and department heads or representatives from Personnel, Department of Human Resource Development, Social Services, Kicking Horse Job Corps, Forestry, Tribal Lands, Education, the Tribal Finance Office, Sovereign Leasing and Finance, and Salish Kootenai College. The Montana and Lake County Community Development Corporations, Job Service, the University of Montana, and the Montana Department of Commerce are additional project partners.

“Tribal member participation is essential if the project is going to be successful,” said Joe Dupuis, Director of CSKTÆs Economic Development Office. The Project Team is currently working with the University of Montana on a questionnaire that will be mailed out this Spring to every Tribal member living on the Reservation, ages 18 through 60. Community meetings will be held throughout the three-year project.

Members of the Project Team will be meeting with both culture committees in February, and will be presenting information about the project at upcoming district and quarterly meetings. If you would like more information about the Project, contact Mrs. Camel at (406) 675-2700, ext. 1256, or Project Assistant Rebecca Hendrickx at ext. 1276.

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