Elections and Government Services Administrative Rules of Montana Business Services Notary and Certification Records and Information Management

Financing Statement

Effective Financing Statement

Crow Tribe Seal

First Joint Sovereign Filing System in the Nation

Uniform commercial codes, often referred to as UCCs, are important tools for enabling and supporting tribal economic and housing development by improving access to commercial and consumer credit.

Fundamental to the goal of building sound economies is the need for commercial laws that will enhance tribal business environments by reducing risks for outside lenders and other nontribal entities that do business with tribes, tribal enterprises, Native-owned private businesses and Native consumers.

Tribal commercial laws more effectively help achieve these goals if they are sufficiently similar, or harmonized, with the laws of the states and tribes, as business can be transacted more efficiently and cost-effectively when the law of the tribal jurisdiction in which outside parties are doing business is familiar to those parties. A comprehensive and culturally appropriate secured transaction code can be an important tool for tribes, Native-owned businesses and Native consumers that are encountering barriers to affordable credit. When adopted and implemented, these transaction codes will support and strengthen the effective exercise of tribal sovereignty.

The Crow Tribe located in Big Horn County, Montana is the first tribe in the nation to enact the Model Secured Transaction Act, Revised Article 9, as well as the first Nation to enter into a formal UCC filing system agreement under a tribal transactions law within their home jurisdiction.

Uniform Commercial Code
(406) 444-2468
Fax: (406) 444-3976

These documents are in the Adobe .pdf format. You can download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to use them.

To fill out a UCC form, click on the name of the form above and fill in the required information directly on your computer screen. Then print the form and mail it to:

Business Services
PO Box 202801
Helena, MT 59620-2801.  

Official state rules require that all forms be printed on 8½ x 11-inch paper in at least 10-point type. 

Uniform Commercial Code
(406) 444-2468
Fax: (406) 444-3976