Buffalo Horse, Inc. is a tribally-owned corporation established by the Fort Belknap Indian Community (FBIC) for the purpose of providing contract services to the federal, state, and private entities.

Buffalo Horse, Inc.’s goal is to develop a self-sustaining economy for the Aaniiih (Gros Ventre) and Nakoda (Assiniboine) Nations through new businesses, job creation, and resource development.

Fort Belknap Timeline

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  • 1851

    1851

    Join other tribes in signing Fort Laramie Treaty, greatly restricting Territorial Lands

  • 1856

    1856

    Remaining lands ceded to US Government

  • 1888

    1888

    Fort Belknap Indian Reservation established

  • 1896

    1896

    Current Reservation Boundaries Set

  • 2009

    2009

    Island Mountain Development Group Established by Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes

  • 2011

    2011

    IMDG Initiates E-Commerce Lending 7 employees

  • 2017

    2017

    IMDG Operating Revenue $9.1 Million 126 employees

  • 2018

    2018

    IMDG Operating Revenue $25.3 Million 151 employees

  • 2019

    2019

    210 employees

History + Culture: “We” before “I”

For thousands of years the Aaniih and Nakoda Nations lived in harmony with the land, using language to pass cultural values from generation to generation. In 1888 the land was ceded, and both Tribes were forced to move onto the Fort Belknap Reservation. Oppression and cultural annihilation persisted through generations.

Today, Tribal Members are taking action to bring true, generational change to FBIC. This action takes the form of economic development to support jobs, new business, and resource development. We remain committed to the Tribe’s core values while seeking to improve the economic well-being and quality of life of Tribal Members.

Our Core Values Align with Our Tribal Values

  • Trust
  • Honor
  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Innovative
  • Authentic
  • Relationship Focused
  • Nimble

Buffalo Horse Leadership Team

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General Manager of Governmental Contracting

Felix McGowan

Shawn Ironmaker

Business Specialist

Shawn Ironmaker

Board of Directors

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Chairman

Tracy “Ching” King

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Vice-Chairman

Kenneth “Tuffy” Helgeson

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Secretary/Treasurer

Chris “Smiley” Gardipee

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Board Member

Ramona Horn

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Board Member

John Hawley

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Board Member

Harold “Jiggs” Main

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