MBPC promotes economic opportunity and community well-being by identifying and advocating fiscal and budget policies that work for all Montanans, including American Indians. State policies can and should honor the political status of American Indians and tribal nations in Montana and can help undo the economic injustice and exclusion that has and continues to impact many American Indians in our state. Our work aims to inform policymakers on how smart state tax and budget choices can strengthen our state by strengthening Indian Country, as well as to increase the representation of American Indian voices in the policymaking process.
To ensure that state lawmakers are making wise investments in tribal communities, MBPC works with tribal partners to inform the debate. To this end, MBPC works closely with tribal governments, tribally-led organizations, advocacy groups, community members, and educators to drive priorities from Indian Country and develop policy proposals.
To further help inform our work on an ongoing basis, MBPC formed a State-Tribal Advisory Council (S-TAC) in 2013. S-TAC members, who represent urban and reservation communities and bring a broad set of expertise, support MBPC in identifying important issues in Indian Country.
The S-TAC meets annually, and members serve two-year terms. Current members include:
You can get a deeper understanding of our work and policy recommendations by browsing our recent reports.
MBPC is a nonprofit organization focused on providing credible and timely research and analysis on budget, tax, and economic issues that impact low- and moderate-income Montana families.