Fort Belknap Indian Community (FBIC)
A sovereign nation comprised of the Aaniiih (Gros Ventre) and Nakoda (Assinibonine) Nations.
Island Mountain Development Group (IMDG)
Created through the FBIC corporate charter, IMDG is an autonomous, for-profit economic development corporation entrusted to serve the FBIC.
Fort Belknap Indian Community Council (FBICC)
FBIC tribal members elect the FBICC. The FBICC protects the health, security, and general welfare of the Fort Belknap Indian Community.
Island Mountain Development Group (IMDG) Board of Directors
The IMDG Board of Directors provides governance, strategic direction, and accountability to IMDG and its subsidiaries.
Economic development is the key to breaking the poverty cycle and building strong, healthy, culturally vital Native Communities.
As a sovereign nation, the Fort Belknap Indian Community has the right and responsibility to self-government, including the creation and promotion of economic development to benefit Tribal Members.
In 2009, the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council (FBICC) established Island Mountain Development Group (IMDG) as an autonomous for-profit economic development corporation to serve the Aaniiih (Gros Ventre) and Nakoda (Assiniboine) Nations.
IMDG’s mission is to build a self-sustaining local economy through the creation of business opportunities, jobs, and resource development.
Today, IMDG and Tribal Members are working together to bring about true, generational change and economic prosperity to the Fort Belknap Indian Community.
Since inception, IMDG has developed a strategic and viable platform that has enabled continuous growth across multiple business verticals.
IMDG embraces and promotes traditional Aaniiih and Nakoda values:
Decision making power resides within IMDG for the benefit of the FBIC.
Investments and programs must be focused on building a self-sustaining economy on FBIC.
Tribal values including equality, generosity, humility, honesty, respect for resources is embedded in the values of IMDG and reflected in day-to-day business practices.
Long term objectives and priorities are the criteria by which specific development options are analyzed and business decisions are made.
The Fort Belknap Indian Community is home to the Aaniiih and Nakoda Tribes. Both Tribes evolved from a plains Native American culture that relied on buffalo for subsistence and the horse for movement within their traditional territories.
Today, the Tribes have adapted to an ever-changing world and yet retain culturally significant elements that make them distinct as sovereign Nations.
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