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GREAT FALLS - The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council has approved using $5.5 million that's part of a reservation oil exploration deal to buy land, build a grocery store, and give each tribal member a $200 payment.

Chairman Willie Sharp Jr. says the council approved the plan late last month.

Sharp says the money is coming from an agreement the tribe in northwest Montana signed in December with Houston-based Newfield Production Co. to allow test wells in the middle of the reservation.

Tribal officials have not released the value of the agreement.

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But Sharp says the tribe will still have millions left after spending the $5.5 million.

 

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