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The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council took action during the General Council meeting on Nov. 4 to approve an $800 COVID relief payment to all tribal members along with their $75 per-capita payment in December.

“This payment will help offset tribal members’ needs while we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” Public Information Officer James McNeely said.

The cut-off date for both payments is Nov. 15. For address updates or other questions, please contact the Blackfeet Enrollment Department at (406) 338-3533

The Tribal Business Council also acted by resolution to reaffirm its desire to see the southern half of the Ceded Strip returned to the Blackfeet Tribe.

The Ceded Strip includes the areas now encompassed by Glacier National Park and the Badger-Two Medicine. The southern half involves just the Badger-Two Medicine area which is now managed by the Lewis and Clark National Forest Service. The Blackfeet Tribe has long held the area was leased to the Federal Government while the latter has maintained the transfer was permanent.

Secretary Lauren Monroe said that some discussions included talks about other options, but the official position remains having the area returned to the Tribe.

Secretary Monroe also reports the Tribe took action on Nov. 4 to turn management of Bear Track Travel Center in East Glacier Park over to Siyeh Development Corp.

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bigpikuni

Thank you so much BTBC. Only have a very limited income and am disabled. I will put this to good use. Happy Holidays to all.

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