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Our History & Mission

Independence Bank proudly serves northcentral and northeastern Montana. Please take a look at our history and our mission statement to learn more about our values and who we are.


Our History

Independence Bank, formerly known as First Security Bank, was founded in 1972 by a group of Havre business owners who saw a need for a community bank. The headquarters opened at its present Fifth Avenue location in March 1973. Since that time we have acquired branches in Poplar, Scobey, Malta and Glasgow. In 2014, we opened a Branch in Conrad, in 2019 we opened a LPO/DPO in Great Falls, and in April of 2021, we opened a LPO/DPO in Plentywood.  In 2022. the Shelby branch opened May 9 and the Great Falls branch opened.  Our latest addition is the Wolf Point branch which opened June 12, 2023.

Our "hometown" banking philosophy and local decision making separates us from our competitors. We specialize in Ag and Commercial lending, but we offer a complete range of banking services. The decisions we make and our lending practices are all based on the needs of families and businesses in the communities we serve.

Our Mission

Independence Bank will excel as a locally owned Bank with its primary focus on developing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with agricultural, commercial, professional, and consumer clients. We will achieve success through our consistent commitment to our communities and our customers. We will be recognized for:

  • Superior Performance
  • Timely Service
  • Quality Assets
  • Equality of Service
  • Creative Solutions

Independence Bank’s focus will be to benefit its customers, its employees, its communities, and its shareholders.

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