PABLO—The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ (CSKT) Economic Development Office is pleased to announce the award of six grants to Tribal member business owners in 2020 as part of the Indian Business Assistance Project on the Flathead Reservation. The project provides small grants, ranging from $2,000 to $7,000 each, to existing or new CSKT member-owned businesses. These grants are separate from the other grant program currently offered by CSKT’s Economic Development Office for Business Relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Mark and Marcus Padilla (owners of Illegal Image clothing), James Big Beaver (Beaver Trimming), Monty Marengo (Flathead Thinners), Richard Johnson (All American Autoworks), Marlene and William Rorvik (4Real Bill Automotive) and Donald Pierce and Henry Symington (H&D Meat Processing and Auto Repair) received $7,000 grants for their businesses this past year. The Tribal Council and the Economic Development Office (EDO) congratulate these hard-working entrepreneurs and encourage everyone to use and/or support these businesses.

The grants can be used for activities such as the purchase of new equipment or inventory or development of a new product line. Applications for the next round of funding will be due February 22, 2021. If interested in applying, Tribal members should polish up or start writing a business plan now. 

Over the past eight years, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have awarded 62 Business Assistance grants to Tribal members who own businesses on the Reservation. The grants require a minimum dollar-to-dollar match from the business owner that can be in the form of cash, loan funds, or in-kind. In-kind match can include inventory, supplies, equipment, tools or vehicles that are used for the business.

Application packets are available from Janet Camel, CSKT Economic Development Office. She can be reached via telephone at 675-2700, extension 1256, or at

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