Northern Cheyenne Tribe aims to boost economic opportunities

Bo Vocu, left, serves as chief executive officer of the Northern Cheyenne Development Corporation. He is seen here with council members Tracy Robinson, second from left, and Willie Rowland. Photo courtesy A Cheyenne Voice

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana is redoubling its economic development efforts.

The tribe's economic arm, the Northern Cheyenne Development Corporation, so far has been operating the Cheyenne Depot I gas station and convenience store in Lame Deer. But its portfolio has just expanded with the opening of the Cheyenne Avenue Laundry, also in Lame Deer.

Even more projects are in the works, The Billings Gazette reported. The corporation plans to restart operations at the Lame Deer Lube Center and reopen the Cheyenne Depot II in Ashland. A strip mall in Lame Deer that will house businesses started by reservation residents is also near completion, the paper reported.

The tribe started the corporation in 2012, The Gazette reported. It is overseen by a board, rather than by the tribal council, in an effort to maintain some independence. Northern Cheyenne leaders made the change after learning about economic development efforts of other tribes, the paper reported.

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