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Glacier National Park sign at the park's St. Mary entrance.
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Glacier National Park is considering a visitor reservation system to handle park congestion amid the coronavirus pandemic. Park officials are also working with the bordering Blackfeet Nation to reopen eastern park entrances that have been closed since last summer.

Two grizzly bear cubs killed by a train near Trego were discovered Oct. 15, 2019.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

The BNSF Railway Company Tuesday published a long-awaited habitat conservation plan intended to reduce grizzly bear mortalities in Northwest Montana.

The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council on Friday hosted a memorial for tribal members who’ve died from COVID-19.

Blackfeet Nation leaders led the memorial service for the 27 tribal members who’ve died from the virus since March. Well over a hundred people attended the service on Facebook Live.

From the council conference room, Vice Chairman Scott Kipp gave a speech in place of Chairman Tim Davis, whose mother recently passed away.

A coronavirus testing swab in a test tube.
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When the Blackfeet Nation closed its borders in the hopes of keeping COVID-19 out, the tribe suffered economically. But the virus still found its way in, sometimes with fatal effects. Kylie Mohr reports on why Blackfeet residents are worried as cases spike for the first time in months.

Signs warning about activity restrictions on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation due to the COVID-19 pandemic stand on all roadway entrances to the reservation, September 2020.
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Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana is one of the most-visited parks in the country. But this summer, the Blackfeet Nation made the unprecedented call to close the park’s eastern entrances in hopes of keeping COVID-19 off its reservation.

Victor Yvellez brings us this look at the economic fallout of the tribe’s decision.

Election sign reading 'polling place' on a door at a Missoula polling place.
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The Blackfeet Nation announced  Wednesday that it settled with Pondera County officials after the county allegedly refused to open a satellite voting office on the reservation.

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The work of a food pantry organization on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation has ballooned in recent months amid rising COVID-19 cases and the economic downturn. The group has given out more than 50,000 pounds of food in a month. 

Glacier National Park's Logan Pass Visitor Center on a busy summer day.
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Glacier National Park officials have decided against putting in place a reservation system for Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Earlier this month, Glacier Superintendent Jeff Mow held a series of meetings to discuss the idea of a reservation system for the park’s main attraction, Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Veterans suffering from three health conditions related to Agent Orange exposure are closer to receiving expanded benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Billings Public Schools are opening an investigation into a middle school principal following the possible connection to social media posts a local superintendent calls "appalling."

Superintendent of Billings Public Schools Greg Upham opened an investigation Tuesday into Medicine Creek Middle School's Principal Nikki Hofmann.

He says concerning social media posts were shared by an account potentially attached to Hofmann.

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