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Fort Belknap pursues development of ethanol plant

The Fort Belknap Indian Community wants to create a new complex to promote value-added agriculture in the area.

The tribal government is studying whether it's possible to build a plant to make ethanol, use byproducts from the plant to help feed cattle at a feedlot and process manure from the feedlot to help power the ethanol plant.

Caroline Brown, director of tribal planning at Fort Belknap, said the proposed plant could provide 60 jobs with a total annual payroll of $2.5 million, and create as many as 240 other new jobs by stimulating the economy.

"This will be a godsend for Fort Belknap,"...


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