The Native American Development Corporation (NADC) has a long, successful history of supporting Native entrepreneurs, providing sustainable business plans, loans, and technical assistance

It’s hard to imagine a more crucial project than NADC’s current work with the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana (Little Shell).

Little Shell isn’t a federally-recognized tribe. That means it doesn’t own land, and gaining access to funding can be tough. But it recently found an opportunity to buy Montana land that would literally put it on the map. The land also offered business opportunities that could lead to self-sufficiency.

“This is what we live for at NADC—to help tribal communities take these dreams and turn them into something concrete and sustainable.”

Leonard Smith
Director, NADC

But most financial institutions were shying away from the project. That’s when NADC stepped in. NADC worked hard to help funders understand why this project was a safe bet. And, ultimately, the hard work paid off, for everyone—Little Shell, the investors, and NADC.

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