In business since 2009, Island Mountain Development Group (IMDG) is an employee-driven company dedicated to serving the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Nations by creating a self-sustaining, local economy through the creation of business opportunities, jobs and by providing workplace training, positive role models, and resource development.
IMDG operates with the goal of building profitable businesses and a solid local workforce. By striving to build businesses and developing a strong workforce; we are generating a stronger local economy where tribally earned dollars are circulated within our local economy.
IMDG businesses include construction & IT companies and an eCommerce Call Center. These businesses are continuously evolving with the needs of the community. We are constantly seeking new entrepreneurial endeavors to enhance the economic well-being of Fort Belknap Indian Community. Presently, there are over 150 employees that are employed by IMDG with plans to continue to expand the local workforce. Currently, more than $2.3 million is paid annually to our local employees.
Throughout all our business practices, IMDG remains committed to the tribe’s core values, collaborating with the Tribal Council members and our employees to create a strategy to build a self-sustaining sovereign nation. We work to fill necessary gaps in local services, reduce the ancillary burden to various Tribal services, boost the local economy, and bring out the best in our employees.
Island Mountain Development Group (IMDG) is a Limited Liability Corporation established by the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Nations of the Fort Belknap Indian Community (FBIC) under their Corporate Charter in 2009 to be the autonomous economic development arm under the umbrella of these nations.
In 2009, IMDG began operating under the dormant Planning and Development Charter of the FBIC, doing business as IMDG. At the inception of IMDG, the sitting Fort Belknap Indian Community Council entrusted the former C.E.O, Michelle Fox with developing a plan to encourage economic development and growth within the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Since the inception, IMDG has developed a stable and viable economic platform that has enabled the continued growth from a single employee, Mrs. Fox to over 170 employees currently.
IMDG exists to serve the Reservation for (4) main purposes:
- Economic development
- Improve the workforce
- Job creation
- Promote entrepreneurship and new venture creation
These efforts are to be pursued in a manner that is, sustainable, self-sufficient, & sovereign with the goal of creating a self-sustaining economy within our communities of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.
Our Mission & Vision
Island Mountain Development Group is a dynamic Native American economic development corporation dedicated to creating a self-sustaining economy by striving to create opportunities for the Aaniih (Gros Ventre) and Nakoda (Assiniboine) Nations through business, jobs and resource development.
The Island Mountain Development Group promotes the values of generosity, trust, respect, discipline, patience, sustainability and resilience. We are devoted to and fully adhere to our Mission Statement and the progress of the company in terms of these core values to ensure we are serving the Aaniih (Gros Ventre) and Nakoda (Assiniboine) Nations to the best of our abilities.
Economic Development can be defined as efforts that seek to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for a community by creating and/or retaining jobs and supporting or growing incomes.
This definition is paramount in the vision and future IMDG seeks to create for the tribal membership of the Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Nations; the increased standard of living, stable job opportunities, and the continuing growth of our tribal economy.
At IMDG, we are constantly seeking new economic endeavors and capital projects that contribute to the vitality and diversification of our tribal economy. Some of the future projects include:
- Expansion of eCommerce Call Center with a projected employment level of 300 to 400 employees
- Property acquisition
- Continued feasibility studies of potential economic ventures & property acquisitions
- Continued expansion of Snake Butte Construction & Spirit Box Technologies
- Development of agricultural resources