Montana bill supports tribal economic commission

A bill pending in the Montana Legislature would make the State-Tribal Economic Development Commission permanent.

The 10-member commission, set to expire in 2009, is currently part of the governor's office. The bill would transfer it to the Department of Commerce and add another member.

The commission would cost between $85,000 and $90,000 a year through 2011 to operate, said Shawn Real Bird, a member of the commission.

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