Native Nation Support

Strengthen ND assists North Dakota’s Five Native Nations and tribal members with growing a sustainable and strong economy by starting and growing businesses and Tribal capacity, both on and off reservations.


Strengthen ND’s approach invests time and resources into capacity building to implement stronger economic development strategies by starting and growing Native American businesses involved in providing tourism and travel-related products and services, including scenic tours, retail, arts and culture enterprises.  Not only is tourism the third largest economic driver in North Dakota, it is also the greatest opportunity to diversify the economic base of Native Nations and develop a strong regional economy, able to weather any upcoming economic storms.


With funding provided by USDA Rural Development, Strengthen ND is able to provide one-on-one technical assistance for Native-led nonprofits, Native-owned small businesses, and tribal governments to create a more sustainable economy.  Additionally, Strengthen ND will be working with Native and non-Native agencies to cultivate stronger relationships and effective communications by leading workshops to build a bridge of communication in education and awareness between Native and non-Native cultures.


Interested individuals, businesses, agencies, or Tribal Governments are encouraged to contact Stacey LaCompte (, Indigenous Communications & Tribal Advocate, for more information and assistance.