Jim McNeely, Public Information Officer for the Blackfeet Tribe, issued this press release and public notice following an emergency meeting of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council on Thursday, Sept. 24. “Due to the rising numbers of active COVID-19 cases on the Blackfeet Reservation, the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council, in an emergency meeting today (Sept. 24), authorized a 14-day mandatory shutdown of the entire reservation beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 27, 2020. This will allow individuals to get supplies they need.”
The release continues, “The shutdown was based upon the recommendation by our Public Health Officials. For every two tests, one is positive. Blackfeet Community Hospital will also be going back to a Phase 1 closure.”
The Tribal Council is stressing, “Everyone needs to take this serious. Reservation-wide, there are 83 active cases as of today (Sept. 24) and a few hundred on quarantine. COVID-19 can affect everyone, regardless of age or health.”
McNeely pointed out, “Law enforcement will be on full force to cite and fine individuals not complying with the shut down. More details will be forthcoming. Please stay tuned on our Facebook page, local radio and TV and newspapers.”
McNeely and the Tribal Council remind everyone to follow the CDC guidelines and Blackfeet Tribe Ordinance 121.
For more information, contact the Blackfeet Tribe at 338-3513.