Baucus, Commerce Secretary announce economic workshop for regional Indian tribes
By Dan Boyce May 18, 2011
U.S. Senator Max Baucus used the venue of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference in Big Sky to announce another major Montana meeting–this time for regional Native American tribes.
The Senator joined U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and representatives from Montana's Indian Nations Wednesday to officially make the announcement. The group held a roundtable discussion in one of the APEC conference rooms.
The Tribal Economic Development Workshop will be held in Billings in August. It will be hosted by the Commerce Department and other federal agencies.
"Exports generally pay 15 percent higher wages than typical wages in America, so if we can help the tribes sell more of their products and services, you're are going to produce more," Commerce Secretary Locke said, adding higher production will naturally lead to more jobs for Indian Country.