Award anticipated to create 217 jobs, save 87 jobs, and leverage $7.2 million in private investment 

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians $3,161,976 for constructing the Adaawe Wigamig Business Incubation Center to promote innovation and strengthen employment opportunities throughout the region.

“Now more than ever, communities across our state need support for small businesses, entrepreneurship, and economic development,” Klobuchar said. “Native communities have been disproportionately impacted by the economic and public health crises caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This investment to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians will help create jobs and economic opportunity to get through this unprecedented crisis.”

"I believe in building a diverse economy—one that works for everyone—so businesses can grow, and workers get better jobs with better pay," Smith said. "The Adaawe Wigamig Business Incubation Center will help Tribal entrepreneurs grow their innovative businesses. Let’s keep working to create opportunity for all."

The project will renovate existing office space by installing a new roof, mechanical ventilation, new finishes and fixtures, a parking lot, and street lights to establish an art makerspace and space for small business ventures, training, and multi-purpose gatherings.