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 Last March, Councilmen Scott Kipp, Rodney Gervais Jr., Virgil Last Star and Tim Davis joined Siyeh executives in looking over the Village Restaurant in East Glacier, after having officially reopened Bear Track Travel Center. Proposals are now being sought from entrepreneurs for renting this and the Chief Mountain Junction RV Park in Babb to obtain a financial baseline during the tourist season.

A request for proposals appeared last week from the Blackfeet Tribe, asking interested parties to rent either of a pair of recently acquired properties during the 2022 tourist season. That season is defined as being from June 15 to Oct. 15. 

One, the Village Restaurant in East Glacier Park, was visited by members of the Tribal Council and Siyeh Development Corp. last March when the Tribe officially reopened Bear Track Travel Center. The gas station/convenience store was also purchased by the Tribe several months earlier and is currently staffed and operating normally.

The visit to the Village was a mixed affair, with several inviting and well appointed interior design features as well as a recently renovated kitchen with pizza ovens. Structurally, however, the building was leaking from the roof and had obvious damage to the floor from beneath. Those inspecting it last March openly called for it to be inspected by an engineer to see if it could be saved or if building anew would make more sense.

“People are saying it’s condemned, but they’re not engineers,” Tribal Treasurer Joe Gervais said. “We should bring in a structural engineer.”

While such an evaluation has not yet taken place, Gervais said it is “in the plans.”

The other property is the Chief Mountain Junction RV Park north of Babb.

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