Minnesota and Wisconsin tribes receive USDA grants

By KBJR News 1

Minnesota and Wisconsin tribes receive USDA grants

July 25, 2014 Updated Jul 25, 2014 at 1:47 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOw.com) --- Minnesota and Wisconsin are among 18 states this week to receive over $2.7 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants to strengthen tribal small businesses and create jobs.

The White Earth Tribal Council of Minnesota is awarded with a $200,000 grant to help expand and renovate a tribal business in Waubun, Minn.

The Great Lakes Inter–Tribal Council, Inc. of Wisconsin is awarded with a $99,999 grant to provide job skills training and financial literacy education to tribal members.

"These strategic investments will help deliver more products and services to local customers, boost residents' earnings and improve the economic vitality of these tribal communities," Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, said.

The funding for the grants comes from the USDA's Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program.

Since the start of the Obama Administration, the USDA says this program has helped create/save more than 73,000 rural jobs, expand more than 41,000 rural businesses/community projects and provide over $170 million for economic development.

Ramona Marozas