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Industrial Sector

Northrop Corporation

Northrop Manufacturing is located on the eastern edge of the city of New Town, North Dakota. The facility manufactures and develops air frames, missiles, and electronic systems for the Stealth Bomber, and receives contracts from the Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and commercial aviation companies. The plant currently employs 95 people. Tribal members comprise approximately 24 percent of the company’s employees.

Mandaree Electronics Corporation (MEC)

Mandaree Electronics Corporation (MEC) is a tribally chartered corporation established in the Mandaree Community. MEC employs and provides training to tribal members to produce or assemble circuit boards and wire harnesses for the military. Northrop Corporation and Killdeer Manufacturing of North Dakota Corporation provide equipment and technical assistance and training. Individuals trained at this location serve as the labor supply for the Northrop Corporation and Killdeer Manufacturing Companies and other electronics firms.


  • In 1862, Congress passed the Morrill Act which established the land grant university system. President Abraham Lincoln signed into law what is generally referred to as the Land Grant Act. This legislation granted to each state 30,000 acres of public land for each U.S. Senator and Representative under apportionment based on the 1860 U.S. Census. Proceeds from the sale of these lands were to be invested in a perpetual endowment fund which would provide support for colleges of agriculture and mechanical arts in each of the states.
  • In 1994, Congress, under the Improving America’s School Act of 1994, Part C—1994 Institutions created a new section entitled “Equity in Educational Land—Grant Status Act of 1994.” This legislation granted “Land Grant status” to 29 tribally-controlled community colleges nationwide and authorized appropriations to these institutions.

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