Doing business with the Sault Tribe

The Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians is a Sovereign Government with Sovereign Businesses

The Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians operates federal, state, and tribally chartered businesses that have the same statuses as the Tribal Government



The Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians is exempt from local, county, and state zoning, land use restrictions, and permitting requirements. The Tribe can issue environmental licenses and permits in accordance with Tribal and federal Environmental Protection Agency requirements.



If a business is formed between the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians and a non-tribal company, the portion which is owned by the tribe is in most cases exempt from federal and state income taxes. If the land that the business is located on is held in “trust” status by the federal government, the land and any improvements to that land, is not subject to state or local property taxes.

Tax Credits

Investment Tax Credit or New Market Tax Credits may be available for capital investments on tribal lands; this provides tax credits of up to 39 percent of the entire amount of investment.

Indian Wages and Insurance Tax Credits may be available for employers hiring qualified employees living on tribal lands; this tax credit is worth up to 20 percent of wages and health insurance for qualified employees.


Government Contracting

The 8(a) program gives preference to minority owned small businesses in the federal bidding process. Tribally owned businesses receive additional benefits, including not being subjected to the lower contract amount caps.

The HUBZone program gives preference to Indian reservation based businesses. Small businesses can benefit through competitive and sole source contracting and a 10 percent evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions.

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