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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. 

St. Mary Canal Emergency Restoration Work Progresses

Aug 25, 2020

When a critical drop of the St. Mary Canal collapsed 14 weeks ago, downstream irrigators along Montana’s Hi Line were left high and dry. If construction continues to progress at its current clip, water could be flowing again within months.

Jennifer Patrick is optimistic about the progress Sletten Construction is making on Drop 2 and Drop 5, two concrete drop structures that move the water through the canal from the St. Mary River on the Blackfeet Reservation into the North Milk River.

Sign saying "Welcome to Blackfeet Indian Country."
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The Blackfeet Indian Reservation is now under a mandatory 14-day stay-at-home order after health officials reported the reservation’s first COVID-19 cases. Blackfeet and Glacier County officials identified nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 among residents over the weekend.

Glacier National Park sign at the park's St. Mary entrance.
Glacier National Park (PD)

The Blackfeet Nation will close off road access to Glacier National Park’s east entrances for the remainder of the tourism season, according to a resolution written Thursday. The tribal leaders’ decision was based on the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

A photo from June 06, 2020 show the closed St. Mary entrance into Glacier National Park, which borders the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The Blackfeet Nation has maintained travel closures longer than Glacier Park or the state of Montana.
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As the busy summer season gets underway in various tourism hotspots across the state, Glacier National Park’s eastern neighbor is taking a more cautious approach. Concerns about COVID-19 have left the Blackfeet Nation slow to reopen its reservation to tourists.

A film made on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and starring Miss Blackfeet has won a major award.

Map of Solenex Lease site in the Badger-Two Medicine near Glacier National Park
Courtesy Montana Wilderness Association

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. ruled Tuesday that a lower court was wrong to reinstate a contentious oil and gas lease in the Badger-Two Medicine area near the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and Glacier National Park. 

A ground blizzard is brewing on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northern Montana. How is the tribe preparing for high winds and snow drifts?

After a video that some say depicts Native Americans in a reductive light was shown at a pep rally at a northern Montana high school a few weeks ago, two school districts are grappling with which matters more: intent or interpretation?

A Montana high school is investigating a video that has offended some community members for its depiction of Native Americans.

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