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Little Shell Chippewa's Gray to lead state Tribal Economic Development Commission

| March 21, 2022 11:00 AM

HELENA – The Office of Indian Country Economic Development at the Montana Department of Commerce announced Monday that Gerald Gray, chairman of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe, was elected as the new Chair of the Montana State Tribal Economic Development Commission (STEDC). Gray is in his fourth three-year term with STEDC.

“I’m excited to be a part of the commission, which helps guide Tribes in economic development and fosters economic growth among Montana’s Tribal Nations,” Gray said. He replaces former STEDC Chairwoman Shelly Fyant.

STEDC works in a government-to-government relationship to expand and improve economic prosperity opportunities through business expansion, capital access, manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, and community development. The Governor appoints eleven members, including one from each of the eight Tribal governments in Montana.

Established in the Native American Economic Development Act of 1999, the commission gathers for quarterly public meetings throughout Montana.

Other members include:

Richard Sangrey, Vice-Chair, Chippewa Cree Tribe

Cheryl Reevis, Blackfeet Tribe

Jennifer Finley, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes

Shawn Real Bird, Crow Tribe

Delina Cuts the Rope, Fort Belknap Indian Community

Bryce Kirk, Fort Peck Tribes

Melissa Fisher, Northern Cheyenne Tribe

Misty Kuhl, Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs

Scott Osterman, Montana Department of Commerce Director

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