Our Businesses

IMDG is proud to currently employ more than

170

 full-time employees in their various business ventures.

  • Island Mountain Development Group (IMDG) serves as the economic arm of the Fort Belknap Indian Community (FBIC) through the FBIC corporate charter.
  • IMDG is strategic and innovative when taking on new ventures to expand services to the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Nations. IMDG continues to create and grow employment opportunities for the FBIC membership.
  • The goal is to create a self-sustaining economy within the niche of Fort Belknap Indian Reservation to provide economic prosperity to all.
  • The Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Nations that jointly comprise the FBIC have exercised their rights to self-determination by enacting our own Tribal laws and forming IMDG to develop and sustain the Tribal economy, as an extension of the Tribal government. FBIC’s sovereignty includes, among other things, the power to engage in and regulate commerce in order to raise revenues to fund services to citizens. These inherent rights have enabled FBIC to empower IMDG, which has allowed IMDG to economically expand business interests to create job opportunities and economic independence for Tribal citizens.

IMDG specialize in real estate, eCommerce, general construction contracting, and information technology sales and service.

Island Mountain Development  Group (IMDG) continues
to create and grow employment opportunities for our membership.

Real Estate


In 2018, I was humbled and excited to pave a clear path for IMDG to tangibly realize our vision for real estate diversification and expand on our vision by leaps and bounds. For the past 20 years I have experienced success as a Real Estate Broker, in banking, state & federal governments and as an independent contractor representing investors, corporate clients and many individuals in Alaska, California, Florida and Montana. Seeing the vision set forth by our executive team, I felt it was time to focus on how to contribute this experience to our efforts at home. As an enrolled tribal member, the chance to put my experience to work as part of such an amazing team and long-term vision was all it took to make the commitment to focus completely on this new and amazing journey.

The Charge

Secure access to capital by developing a strategy to grow our capacity with a profitable portfolio of strong projects in order to generate income producing ventures, improve our leverage with lenders and ultimately benefit the Fort Belknap Indian Community with revenue, career opportunities, education and home ownership as a means of honoring our mission of creating a self-sustaining economy.

The Strategy

We’ve begun an aggressive growth strategy into large scale projects as primary developers at every level in order to compete and maximize our profitability.

  • Acquire Commercial Assets and grow in one of the most balanced and diversified economies in the country.
  • Demonstrate healthy profit margins on initial project plans to significantly build our capacity to build on a large scale both in residential and commercial projects.
  • Simultaneously grow our assets & profits to build an attractive portfolio and strengthen our appeal with lenders
  • Pursue lucrative government contracts
  • Invest in subsidiaries or create the entities that would retain as much of the profitability as possible while complimenting our development capabilities and job growth within these companies.
  • Lay the groundwork to meet the crucial need for residential development and creating a housing market within the Fort Belknap Indian Community.
  • Build a staff of skilled and motivated professionals to further execute the vision for IMDG Realty
Looking Ahead

The ultimate goal of IMDG is to create a self-sustaining economy. Homeownership is essential to a strong tribal economy and we are focusing our efforts in revenue creation to continue real estate expansion and ultimately create new residential development and a housing market within the Ft. Belknap Indian Community. Successful homeownership has a lasting impact on the security and future of our families. It also creates jobs for our tribal members because of the demand for specialized skills and stimulates a cyclical and connected system of financial and social dividends we are working hard to achieve. This is critical component to honoring our vision.

This year, IMDG focused heavily on putting solid strategies into place to set up 2019 for exponential growth. Already in 2019 as we write this report and look at recent achievements, we are thrilled at the growth to be reported next year in the 2019 annual report. We are seeing results! Everyone contributes to these efforts and I’m privileged humbled to be part of it.  There is a tremendous amount of work ahead and with the leadership of our executive team, board of directors and support of our community I’m confident we’ll get it done.

The Benefits

Since putting these strategies into place IMDG  and the Ft. Belknap Indian Community are reaping the rewards with solid progress. We are literally seeing a dream come true in the following:

  • Highly Valued Class ‘A’ Commercial Properties
    • Commercial Building in Billings
    • Harlem Building
    • Ft. Belknap Agency Call Center in the Works
  • Growth in the Natural Energy Sector
  • Access to Capital with favorable terms
  • On-going Commercial Projects in Pre-Development
  • A Construction Company
  • Majority Ownership in a high-volume real estate brokerage
  • Ongoing Large Scale Residential Developments
  • Rodeo Drive Developments
  • Improved Capacity to access Government Contracting

Successful homeownership has a lasting impact on the security and future of our families.


Bringing the Vision HOME:

Demand and Capacity for new residential development is high and IMDG Realty has the experience and demonstrated success to create a housing market and provide new housing for our qualified tribal members.

Realistic, affordable options allow more families to live and work within the Fort Belknap Indian Community and keep their hard-earned dollars at home.

This will alleviate much of the burden that our communities now face with low income housing demands by vacating many of these low-income properties to buy & build new homes and open up tribal housing homes for more families.

These developments will provide stable higher paying jobs and careers to a large number of our Tribal members and create enough demand for specialized skills, small businesses that support construction and more disposable income to support additional business growth.

By building 20 homes each year we would establish comparable values and by streamlining our leasing process we can provide marketability for these homeowners.

The economic benefits of this strategy can be felt immediately and would grow year over year.  In order to meet the current demand, it would take 20-30 years to build out 200-300 new homes and multi-unit rentals throughout Ft. Belknap.

Homeowners have financial incentive to properly maintain their new homes to build equity (value not owed) and access that equity through financing options.

Once values are clearly established and leasing becomes simple and complimentary to a growing housing market, tribal members will be able to sell their homes on the open market.

Homeownership is essential to a strong economy

  • Allows more families to live and work within the Ft. Belknap Indian Community
  • Keeps more of our hard earned tribal dollars at home
  • Alleviates burden on tribal housing by opening more homes


Creating a Housing Market stimulates jobs and community

  • Creates jobs for tribal members
  • Higher paying careers-demand for specialized skills
  • Requires small businesses that support construction


Homeownership Creates Wealth through Equity

  • Homeowners have financial incentive to properly maintain and improve their equity
  • Homeowners can access their equity for financial needs such as education and business building

Oliver Building 

Commercial Office Space:

In 2018 Q2, IMDG began the process of purchasing the 2nd floor of 2702 Montana Avenue for the purpose of commercial leasing. The building is located in the CBD (Central Business District) and was built during the early twentieth century when significant amounts of the downtown commercial space were being developed along the railroad tracks paralleling Montana Avenue. The space being purchased by IMDG is the second floor, which totals 7500 square feet of commercial lease space.The space is currently structured to include five leased spaces, which are currently under contract through 2019. IMDG is preparing to take over the property management and financial management functions for the Oliver Building tenants.

Fort Belknap Indian Community (FBIC) owns and operates 8 small dollar installment based lending portfolios which provide end to end, comprehensive lending services to customers.



With IMDG’s internal high standards and expectations at the forefront of every business decision, a major goal is to provide the highest quality of service to customers. The highest level of customer services ensures that IMDG is meeting the paramount goal, which is continued job growth and economic development for Tribal members. IMDG aims to provide financial products that heighten financial strength and security for customers, who often do not have access to traditional forms of credit.

IMDG’s administration of these portfolios provides a critical economic lifeline for the Tribes and Tribal citizens. Along with the revenue generated from these business endeavors, these portfolios have continued to generate employment opportunities critical to the economic vitality of communities on the reservation with traditionally high unemployment rates. These portfolios have created capital to expand the Tribes’ economic development in other areas, profit sharing with FBIC to fund essential governmental services, invest in community-based projects, and ultimately increase the standard of living for our members.

Tribal e-commerce businesses, like our lending portfolios, have become an essential economic development tool, allowing FBIC to diversify their tribal economies from a remote, rural area such as Fort Belknap.

 


IMDG constantly seeks to expand into proven and uncharted venues within the infinite eCommerce realm.

Snake Butte Construction (SBC) is a Tribally-owned and operated construction firm that was founded in 2013. SBC is a licensed and bonded corporation and provides a wealth of construction and engineering services.


The staff of SBC works to provide the customer service required for the job to be completed at the highest level. It is a goal of SBC to provide services with quality, efficiency, and with customer service that is unmatched. Our team strives to deliver a product safely and with a high level of integrity. SBC meets all Hub Zone and 8(a) regulatory requirements through our joint venture with Rock Gap Engineering. This provides SBC the ability to provide comprehensive construction services that are compliant with these governmental programs.


SBC Capabilities Include:

  • Construction Services
  • General Construction
  • Design/Build
  • Construction & Project Management
  • Construction Management Services
  • Accuracy Checks for Cost Estimates
  • Constructability Reviews
  • Schedule/Budget Evaluations
  • Structure Bid Packages
  • Engineering Services
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering

For information visit www.snakebutteconstruction.com
or call 406.256.2366

Spirit Box Technologies (SBT) strives to offer innovative, sustainable and reliable solutions in the technology industry while creating business opportunities, jobs, and resource development for the Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Nations of the Fort Belknap Indian Community.


SBC’s staff has over 31 years of combined experience, and are all graduates of Aaniih Nakoda College. SBC secured and completed 18 federal contracts this past year through their Hub Zone Certification. They provide a diversified skill set that is utilized in multiple facets in the technology world.


SBT Capabilities Include:

  • Federal Reseller
  • Hub Zone Certified
  • Network Design and Install
  • Computer Troubleshooting
  • Computer Setup
  • Professional Development

For information visit SpiritBoxTechnologies.com
or call 406.673.3031

Island Mountain Development Group
business efforts are to be pursued in a manner that is:

Island Mountain Development  Group (IMDG) continues to create and grow employment opportunities for our membership.


IMDG specialize in real estate, eCommerce, general construction contracting, and information technology sales and service.

Real Estate


In 2018, I was humbled and excited to pave a clear path for IMDG to tangibly realize our vision for real estate diversification and expand on our vision by leaps and bounds. For the past 20 years I have experienced success as a Real Estate Broker, in banking, state & federal governments and as an independent contractor representing investors, corporate clients and many individuals in Alaska, California, Florida and Montana. Seeing the vision set forth by our executive team, I felt it was time to focus on how to contribute this experience to our efforts at home. As an enrolled tribal member, the chance to put my experience to work as part of such an amazing team and long-term vision was all it took to make the commitment to focus completely on this new and amazing journey.

The Charge

Secure access to capital by developing a strategy to grow our capacity with a profitable portfolio of strong projects in order to generate income producing ventures, improve our leverage with lenders and ultimately benefit the Fort Belknap Indian Community with revenue, career opportunities, education and home ownership as a means of honoring our mission of creating a self-sustaining economy.

The Strategy

We’ve begun an aggressive growth strategy into large scale projects as primary developers at every level in order to compete and maximize our profitability.

  • Acquire Commercial Assets and grow in one of the most balanced and diversified economies in the country.
  • Demonstrate healthy profit margins on initial project plans to significantly build our capacity to build on a large scale both in residential and commercial projects.
  • Simultaneously grow our assets & profits to build an attractive portfolio and strengthen our appeal with lenders
  • Pursue lucrative government contracts
  • Invest in subsidiaries or create the entities that would retain as much of the profitability as possible while complimenting our development capabilities and job growth within these companies.
  • Lay the groundwork to meet the crucial need for residential development and creating a housing market within the Fort Belknap Indian Community.
  • Build a staff of skilled and motivated professionals to further execute the vision for IMDG Realty
Looking Ahead

The ultimate goal of IMDG is to create a self-sustaining economy. Homeownership is essential to a strong tribal economy and we are focusing our efforts in revenue creation to continue real estate expansion and ultimately create new residential development and a housing market within the Ft. Belknap Indian Community. Successful homeownership has a lasting impact on the security and future of our families. It also creates jobs for our tribal members because of the demand for specialized skills and stimulates a cyclical and connected system of financial and social dividends we are working hard to achieve. This is critical component to honoring our vision.

This year, IMDG focused heavily on putting solid strategies into place to set up 2019 for exponential growth. Already in 2019 as we write this report and look at recent achievements, we are thrilled at the growth to be reported next year in the 2019 annual report. We are seeing results! Everyone contributes to these efforts and I’m privileged humbled to be part of it.  There is a tremendous amount of work ahead and with the leadership of our executive team, board of directors and support of our community I’m confident we’ll get it done.

The Benefits

Since putting these strategies into place IMDG  and the Ft. Belknap Indian Community are reaping the rewards with solid progress. We are literally seeing a dream come true in the following:

  • Highly Valued Class ‘A’ Commercial Properties
    • Commercial Building in Billings
    • Harlem Building
    • Ft. Belknap Agency Call Center in the Works
  • Growth in the Natural Energy Sector
  • Access to Capital with favorable terms
  • On-going Commercial Projects in Pre-Development
  • A Construction Company
  • Majority Ownership in a high-volume real estate brokerage
  • Ongoing Large Scale Residential Developments
  • Rodeo Drive Developments
  • Improved Capacity to access Government Contracting

Successful homeownership has a lasting impact on the security and future
of our families.


Bringing the Vision HOME:

Demand and Capacity for new residential development is high and IMDG Realty has the experience and demonstrated success to create a housing market and provide new housing for our qualified tribal members.

Realistic, affordable options allow more families to live and work within the Fort Belknap Indian Community and keep their hard-earned dollars at home.

This will alleviate much of the burden that our communities now face with low income housing demands by vacating many of these low-income properties to buy & build new homes and open up tribal housing homes for more families.

These developments will provide stable higher paying jobs and careers to a large number of our Tribal members and create enough demand for specialized skills, small businesses that support construction and more disposable income to support additional business growth.

By building 20 homes each year we would establish comparable values and by streamlining our leasing process we can provide marketability for these homeowners.

The economic benefits of this strategy can be felt immediately and would grow year over year.  In order to meet the current demand, it would take 20-30 years to build out 200-300 new homes and multi-unit rentals throughout Ft. Belknap.

Homeowners have financial incentive to properly maintain their new homes to build equity (value not owed) and access that equity through financing options.

Once values are clearly established and leasing becomes simple and complimentary to a growing housing market, tribal members will be able to sell their homes on the open market.

Homeownership is essential to a strong economy

  • Allows more families to live and work within the Ft. Belknap Indian Community
  • Keeps more of our hard earned tribal dollars at home
  • Alleviates burden on tribal housing by opening more homes


Creating a Housing Market stimulates jobs and community

  • Creates jobs for tribal members
  • Higher paying careers-demand for specialized skills
  • Requires small businesses that support construction


Homeownership Creates Wealth through Equity

  • Homeowners have financial incentive to properly maintain and improve their equity
  • Homeowners can access their equity for financial needs such as education and business building

Oliver Building


Commercial Office Space:


In 2018 Q2, IMDG began the process of purchasing the 2nd floor of 2702 Montana Avenue for the purpose of commercial leasing. The building is located in the CBD (Central Business District) and was built during the early twentieth century when significant amounts of the downtown commercial space were being developed along the railroad tracks paralleling Montana Avenue. The space being purchased by IMDG is the second floor, which totals 7500 square feet of commercial lease space.The space is currently structured to include five leased spaces, which are currently under contract through 2019. IMDG is preparing to take over the property management and financial management functions for the Oliver Building tenants.

Fort Belknap Indian Community (FBIC) owns and operates 8 small dollar installment based lending portfolios which provide end to end, comprehensive lending services to customers.



With IMDG’s internal high standards and expectations at the forefront of every business decision, a major goal is to provide the highest quality of service to customers. The highest level of customer services ensures that IMDG is meeting the paramount goal, which is continued job growth and economic development for Tribal members. IMDG aims to provide financial products that heighten financial strength and security for customers, who often do not have access to traditional forms of credit.

IMDG’s administration of these portfolios provides a critical economic lifeline for the Tribes and Tribal citizens. Along with the revenue generated from these business endeavors, these portfolios have continued to generate employment opportunities critical to the economic vitality of communities on the reservation with traditionally high unemployment rates. These portfolios have created capital to expand the Tribes’ economic development in other areas, profit sharing with FBIC to fund essential governmental services, invest in community-based projects, and ultimately increase the standard of living for our members.

Tribal e-commerce businesses, like our lending portfolios, have become an essential economic development tool, allowing FBIC to diversify their tribal economies from a remote, rural area such as Fort Belknap.


IMDG constantly seeks to expand into proven and uncharted venues within the infinite eCommerce realm.

Snake Butte Construction (SBC) is a Tribally-owned and operated construction firm that was founded in 2013. SBC is a licensed and bonded corporation and provides a wealth of construction and engineering services.


The staff of SBC works to provide the customer service required for the job to be completed at the highest level. It is a goal of SBC to provide services with quality, efficiency, and with customer service that is unmatched. Our team strives to deliver a product safely and with a high level of integrity. SBC meets all Hub Zone and 8(a) regulatory requirements through our joint venture with Rock Gap Engineering. This provides SBC the ability to provide comprehensive construction services that are compliant with these governmental programs.


SBC Capabilities Include:

  • Construction Services
  • General Construction
  • Design/Build
  • Construction & Project Management
  • Construction Management Services
  • Accuracy Checks for Cost Estimates
  • Constructability Reviews
  • Schedule/Budget Evaluations
  • Structure Bid Packages
  • Engineering Services
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering

For information visit www.snakebutteconstruction.com
or call 406.256.2366

Spirit Box Technologies (SBT) strives to offer innovative, sustainable and reliable solutions in the technology industry while creating business opportunities, jobs, and resource development for the Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Nations of the Fort Belknap Indian Community.


SBC’s staff has over 31 years of combined experience, and are all graduates of Aaniih Nakoda College. SBC secured and completed 18 federal contracts this past year through their Hub Zone Certification. They provide a diversified skill set that is utilized in multiple facets in the technology world.


SBT Capabilities Include:

  • Federal Reseller
  • Hub Zone Certified
  • Network Design and Install
  • Computer Troubleshooting
  • Computer Setup
  • Professional Development

For information visit SpiritBoxTechnologies.com
or call 406.673.3031

IMDG is proud to currently employ more than

170

 full-time employees in their various business ventures.

  • Island Mountain Development Group (IMDG) serves as the economic arm of the Fort Belknap Indian Community (FBIC) through the FBIC corporate charter.
  • IMDG is strategic and innovative when taking on new ventures to expand services to the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Nations. IMDG continues to create and grow employment opportunities for the FBIC membership.
  • The goal is to create a self-sustaining economy within the niche of Fort Belknap Indian Reservation to provide economic prosperity to all.
  • The Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Nations that jointly comprise the FBIC have exercised their rights to self-determination by enacting our own Tribal laws and forming IMDG to develop and sustain the Tribal economy, as an extension of the Tribal government. FBIC’s sovereignty includes, among other things, the power to engage in and regulate commerce in order to raise revenues to fund services to citizens. These inherent rights have enabled FBIC to empower IMDG, which has allowed IMDG to economically expand business interests to create job opportunities and economic independence for Tribal citizens.

Island Mountain Development Group
business efforts are to be pursued in a manner that is: