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Commerce awards $50,000 Tribal Tourism Grant to Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Funding to enable repairs and upgrades to The Bison on Flathead Lake

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 News from the Montana Department of Commerce

HELENA — The Montana Department of Commerce announced recently that $50,000 of grant funding has been awarded to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes for repairs and upgrades to The Bison on Flathead Lake. The grant funding is through Commerce’s Tribal Tourism Grant (TTG) program and will be used for repairs and upgrades to the waterfront vacation rental property.  

“Commerce encourages each of Montana’s tribes to submit competitive projects to improve, enhance or create long-term tourism offerings to their nations,” said Paul Green, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. “The Bison on Flathead Lake will utilize the grant funding to repair and enhance the property so it can continue offering memorable vacation stays to guests who come to experience the Flathead Reservation and Polson areas.” 

The TTG program operates on a reimbursement system with a 50 percent tribal matching requirement. Eligible projects are required to be shovel-ready and demonstrate a long-lasting investment on the part of the State and the Tribe. 

“The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes deeply appreciate the Montana Department of Commerce’s Indian Country Tribal Tourism program for this grant,” said Janet Camel, Planning Director, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. “This award, along with tribal funds, allows us to make necessary property improvements and upgrades to capitalize on the thriving tourism market that exists on Flathead Lake. We welcome the opportunity to help visitors learn more about the rich tribal cultural and natural resources of the Flathead Reservation.” 

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