USDA announces 3 tribal grants to boost business

Winnebago, Nebraska (AP) June 2012
The Agriculture Department is giving $154,730 to three American Indian groups in Nebraska to help improve business and provide job opportunities.

USDA rural development officials announced the grants as part of a package of $3.2 million in grants nationwide.

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska's First Ponca Financial will receive $60,189 to provide education and support to Native American entrepreneurs.

The Winnebago Tribe will receive $54,541 to provide technical help to businesses through its Winnebago business development program.

The Little Priest Tribal College received a $40,000 grant to train tribe members on growing and marketing crops.