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Blackfeet Tribe To Reopen Roads To Glacier Park's East Entrance

St. Mary Visitor Center near Glacier National Park's east entrance.
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St. Mary Visitor Center near Glacier National Park's east entrance.

The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council voted Wednesday to reopen roads to and from the east gates of Glacier National Park. The move to reopen roads on the Blackfeet reservation leading to the bordering Glacier National Park comes after a full year of pandemic-related closures.

The reopening is good news to local businesses owners that have struggled during the shutdown like Angelika Harden-Norman, owner of the Lodgepole Art Gallery outside of Browning. 

"I think everybody will breath, just 'ahh,' you know, that’s really good news."

Glacier National Park officials say the east gates will open Thursday to foot traffic, skis and snowshoes but remain under typical winter closures for vehicles.

Last year, tribal leaders closed the roads in conjunction with park officials closing Glacier’s east gates in an effort to limit crowds and protect residents on the Blackfeet reservation from the coronavirus. According to the Blackfeet COVID-19 Incident Command, 95 percent of eligible residents on the reservation are vaccinated. 

Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.
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