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Congratulations to the FY 2022 NABDI Awardees!!  The Awardees are listed below:

Native American Business Development Institute AwardeeProjectAward Amt.Description
Alabama –Coushatta Tribe of TexasPlanning for Economic Resiliency for the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas$75,000.00

The Planning for the Economic Resiliency of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas project is an economic development assessment, feasibility, and business planning project to catalyze the Tribal economy, job growth, and entrepreneurship.  The comprehensive approach will explore assets and opportunities available to the Tribe and culminate in a plan to implement the most feasible strategies identified through the exploration process.


Bay Mills Indian Community

Bay Mills Indian Community Feasibility Study to Assess Economic Diversification Opportunities for Septic Services



The Bay Mills Indian Community is performing a feasibility study to assess diversification opportunities for septic services to increase economic diversification. The project will look into the development of this opportunity, technical analysis and the project’s overall feasibility for the Bay Mills Indian Community to pursue.


Cherokee NationCherokee Nation Meat Processing Feasibility Study$75,000.00

The project will undertake a feasibility study, along with the development of key elements for a business plan and marketing plan, for a new Tribal business venture. Cherokee Nation views this enterprise as a mechanism to strengthen our outreach of community services, in light of supply chain disruptions – particularly for affordable food - which arose during the COVID-19 pandemic, and which had a tremendous negative effect on Tribal citizens.


Coushatta Tribe of LouisianaCoushatta Tribe Ranch Feasibility Study$75,000.00

The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana will determine the feasibility and develop a market-based, investor quality business plan for the Coushatta Ranch. The goal is to redevelop the Coushatta Tribe Farm into a productive asset for the Tribe that serves as a highly desirable destination for visitors, creates employment opportunities for Tribal citizens, and generates profit that is reinvested into Tribal programs and services.


Pit River Tribe

Pit River Tribe requests BIA NABDI Grant Funds to Conduct a Technical and Financial Feasibility Study to Support a Decision on Forming a For-Profit, Tribal, Biomass Fuel Harvest and Supply Business



The Tribe will conduct a detailed technical and financial feasibility study to support a decision on forming this business.


Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians

The Soboba Economic Development Corporation Will Be Conducting a Feasibility Study in Preparation for Construction of a 10-Acre Controlled Environment Growing Facility



The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians will be embarking on a climate-smart food sovereignty and nutrition security project for the Soboba Nation.


Kiowa Tribe of OklahomaTo Assist the Tribe with The Revitalization of Indian City Which Was Recently Put into Trust$73,665.00

The purpose of this project is to undertake a market analysis and feasibility study to determine the highest and best use of the “Indian City” property. The overall goal of the Revitalization of the “Indian City” Property project is to establish an economic development enterprise which will honor the Kiowa Tribe, bring pride to our citizens and to create benefits for the Kiowa Tribe and our stakeholders. 


Muscogee (Creek) NationMCN NABDI Feasibility Project$68,708.00

This grant will support further economic development to help sustain our community in the future.  Muscogee Creek Nation will utilize the funding to perform a project/market assessment and feasibility study of a parcel of land to determine the viable economic opportunity of the development of this location.


Burns Paiute TribeIdentifying and Planning for the Highest and Best Use of the Burnes Paiute Tribes Old Camp Property$65,750.00

The Burnes Paiute Tribe seeks to determine how to best utilize their property to gain maximum economic impact from the development on the site. The Old Camp location presents an opportunity for the Tribe to develop a powerful new economic engine, this feasibility study will evaluate the site and provide recommendations.


Iowa Tribe of Kansas and NebraskaITKN GIS Business Plan$62,164.00

With its GIS Development Plan, the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska seeks to overcome the inadequacies of demographic research in Indian Country and embark on a new and innovative method to engage with business partners and other governments.


Delaware Nation Economic Development AuthorityFeasibility Study & Business Plan for DNEDA Medical Devise Distribution Business$60,300.00

The Delaware Nation Economic Development Authority is exploring the possibility of entering the medical device distribution sector.  In this study, The Delaware Nation Economic Development Authority wishes to determine the market opportunity, understand the segmentation within the overall market space, and determine what benefits may be available to Tribally-owned and Tribal 8(a) businesses.  Based on the information, develop an actionable business plan and financial model that can be followed to establish a successful business that will generate revenues and job opportunities.


Kaibab Band of Paiute IndiansKaibab 90-Acre Commercial Corridor Travel Plaza Feasibility Study$59,700.00

The feasibility study will provide professional technical assistance to help identify required levels of development, capital investment, equipment, staffing and operational needs for development of the proposed economic development enterprise.


Shinnecock Indian NationShinnecock Powwow Grounds Feasibility Study & Business Plan$58,752.00

The Shinnecock Indian Nation’s project is part of the Nations recovery strategy from the impacts of COVID-19. The proposed project and scope of work for a feasibility study and business plan is for increased usage of the Nation’s Powwow Grounds for public events, tourism, and to generate additional revenue to support the Nation’s operations.


Resighini RancheriaThe “Marketplace 101” Feasibility Study$57,187.00

The Resighini Rancheria will complete a feasibility study for a “Marketplace 101.” The project was selected by the Tribal Council as an economic development endeavor indicated in the Tribe’s Community Needs Assessment Survey.


Kickapoo Tribe of OklahomaInformation Technology (IT) Feasibility Study and Business Plan$43,774.00

The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma will complete a business feasibility study to analyze the viability of creating a new Information Technology (IT) entity.  The feasibility study will help realize the KTO’s economic future and distinguish real economic opportunities from investments that could fail.  Once feasibility has been determined, business plan documents inclusive of operational and financial objectives will lead the Tribe to phase two – implementation.




All economic endeavors pose some degree of risk.  By funding feasibility studies or business plans, the Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI) grant helps tribes and tribal organizations weigh their risks to determine whether a project is worth pursuing and empower them to make informed decisions about their economic futures.

Results from studies can often help tribes and tribal organizations persuade lenders and investors to provide financial backing to help turn their idea into a reality.

OIED staff may provide technical consultation, upon written request by an applicant. The request must clearly identify the type of assistance sought. Technical consultation does not include funding to prepare a grant proposal, grant writing assistance, or pre-determinations as to the likelihood that a proposal will be awarded. The applicant is solely responsible for preparing its grant proposal. Technical consultation may include clarifying application requirements, confirming whether an applicant previously submitted the same or similar proposal, and registration information for SAM or ASAP.

To learn more, please visit the following page.

NABDI Feasibility Study Basics

A comprehensive NABDI proposal will describe how the potential project will create jobs and stimulate economic activity within a Native community. There are five categories that a review panel will use to evaluate and score NABDI proposals. The evaluation criterion is described in the NABDI Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

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Success Stories

  • Hydaburg Cooperative Association in Alaska

    Hydaburg Cooperative Association in Alaska

    Findings from a study that we funded helped the Hydaburg Cooperative Association, one of two federally recognized Haida tribes in Alaska, secure a $600,000 Housing and Urban Development Indian Community Development Block Grant to construct a café/laundromat.  
    Read more about the Hála Café

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Oklahoma

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Oklahoma

    Our funding made it possible for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation to open “Iron Horse,” the first American Indian-run rail line in the U.S. 

    With our grant, the nation conducted a study to explore the viability of building an industrial park and restoring a 66-mile rail line to connect the greater Oklahoma City area with the rural southeastern quarter of Oklahoma. Results from the study allowed them to obtain $3,500,000 in financing to develop a 400-acre industrial park and $1,000,000 for repairs of an existing railroad bridge.

  • Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in Texas

    Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in Texas

    Funding from our grant provided Ysleta del Sur Pueblo with the opportunity to conduct an analysis and develop a reuse plan for the tribe’s recreation and wellness center.  

    Constructed in 2001, the tribe’s original 100,516 square-foot center was a state-of-the-art recreational facility in the El Paso metropolitan area which promoted exercise and healthy lifestyles for the tribal community. Most of the financial support for the facility came from revenue from the tribe’s Speaking Rock Casino, which was shut down in 2002 after a federal court decision.  


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