Our Story

We are a strong and beautiful people. The truth of our history and our presence here today is a testament to our resilience and our ability to overcome. We are skilled at facing the storms of adversity with grit and endurance and together we will make a better life for our future generations.

Montana’s Tribal Communities have historically struggled with high rates of unemployment, dependence on public assistance and limited housing availability. With the recent growth of new Tribal enterprises these rates are decreasing, and a new middle class is emerging. Yet, lack of a financial outlet for mortgages means few homes are built and many Tribal Members must seek homes off reservation. The result has been devastating.

Security through homeownership and a safe, healthy place to raise families to embrace and carry on Native community culture remains out of reach for too many.

This is why we created Montana Native Growth Fund. We are a Native Community Development Financial Institution with a mission to promote sustainable Tribal homeownership, building opportunities to improve economic outlook for Native Americans by offering access to credit and capital blended with culturally empowered education.


Kerry Shabi

Business Development Supervisor


Darla Snell

Programs Coordinator


Denise Stiffarm

Client Development Coordinator

Team Kenneth

Kenneth “Tuffy” Helgeson



Harold “Jiggs” Main

Vice President

Team Josie Cliff

Leslie “Josie” Cliff

Board Member

Team Hanna Tester

Hanna Tester

Board Member

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