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Montana Tribes Take Opposite Sides on Coal

While Native American lands cover 2 percent of the U.S. surface, they have been estimated to contain a fifth of the nation’s remaining petroleum, along with vast coal reserves.

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NMTCs Help Health Facility Expand in Montana

A community health center in Havre, MT will receive more than $7 million in financing to help expand its facilities and services to patients. The project received additional New Markets Tax Credits funding through Montana Community Development Corp., U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp., and others.

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Goldman Sachs Expands Small Business Fund to Rural Areas

  Banking firm Goldman Sachs expands the reach of its 10,000 Small Businesses initiative into rural areas, as Montana small businesses can compete for $4 million from the firm's $500 million program. Goldman Sachs previously used 10,000 Small Businesses to provide capital and technical assist...

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State and Local Briefs

Michigan: Four cities receive $112,000 in funding from the federal Historic Preservation Fund after forging partnerships with the state and the National Park Service. The bulk of the money will be spent on projects to repair the 98-year-old Allegan District Library in Allegan ($50,140) and to make s...

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HUD Grants Fund Permanent Housing for AIDS/HIV Patients

More than 1,200 people suffering from HIV/AIDS will continue to reside in permanent housing thanks to a nearly $33 million funding initiative from HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program's Permanent Supportive Housing Renewal Grants. The awards cover 28 programs in 17 st...

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(DEVELOPMENT) State and Local Briefs

Illinois: The National Football League's Chicago Bears, Chicago Public Schools and LISC/Chicago complete the renovation of Gately Stadium, a sports facility shared by eight city high schools. Renovations include installation of new synthetic turf, a new scoreboard, new lighting and new seating. The ...

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(GRANT) USDA Offers $37 Million in Value-Added Producer Grants

The Dept. of Agriculture seeks applications for its FY 2010 and 2011 Value-Added Producer (VAP) Grant Program for planning efforts to aid rural businesses nationwide. Some $37 million in funding is available. An Aug. 29 application deadline is set. USDA's Rural Development office expects to make 2...

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(BRIEFS) Eminent Domain, Infrastructure

Eminent Domain: Tonbridge Power Inc., developer of the power transmission line running from Montana into Alberta, Canada, is filing condemnation complaints against dozens of landowners in order to get the project underway. HB 198 passed this spring gave Tonbridge authority to condemn land. State law...

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(TRIBES) Oglala Sioux to Use Most of FY 2011 ICDBG Funds on Housing Maintenance

The Oglala Sioux (Lakota) Tribal Housing Authority expects to use most of its $8.75 million in FY 2011 Indian Community Development BlockGrant (ICDBG) funding to maintain its housing stock -- but officials there still lament that the funding comes nowhere close to meeting demand.HUD made its ICDBG f...

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(BALLOT) MT Citizens Group Moves to Curb Eminent Domain Law

A Montana citizens' group has begun a petition drive to suspend the state's new eminent domain law (HB 198) and put it on the 2012 state ballot for voter repeal. The effort began just days after Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) refused to veto the measure.The group Citizens Concerned Montana (CCM) launched...

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