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Around $38 million came to the Blackfeet Tribe in the first round of COVID-19 funding, called the CARES Act. A full accounting of the funds and where they were spent is to be found in this week’s edition of the Glacier Reporter on pages A14 and A15. 

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Over one in every 10 people are diagnosed with diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), that means in the U.S. 34.2 million people are diagnosed. Of that 34.2 million, 1.6 million of those are diagnosed with Type 1, 28.2 million were diagnosed with other forms of diabe…

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As kids are going back to school, Blackfeet and Cherokee Nations’ Mariah Gladstone is finding a way to bring indigenous foods back into those kids’ diets. Gladstone is the creator of Indigikitchen, an online cooking show that uses traditional foods to create new recipes as a way to revitaliz…

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Public Information Officer James McNeely reports that the staff and residents at the Blackfeet Care Center have all been tested for COVID-19 and were negative. The news comes as the Tribe’s mask mandate remains in place until further notice.

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It has been a busy year for Cut Bank’s Harvest Food Pantry. As it is nearing the year’s end, the pantry is very low on non-food personal hygiene products. The last week of August’s distribution was handled by June Duncan and Prairie Peace Lutheran Church. Sixty-nine families were served and …

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Whether it’s lack of hay, high feed prices, nitrates in grain hay, etc., there are many challenges facing ranchers as they plan their fall and winter ranch feeding program. The Fall Rancher Roundtable Monday, Sept. 27, in Cut Bank and Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Valier, will address these challeng…

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 “We’re hoping that when the logistics are done, there will be an increase – there will be more vaccinations,” Browning Superintendent Corrina Guardipee-Hall said of plans for a safe school year. She notes that for students eligible to be vaccinated (those 12 and older), the Blackfeet Tribe …

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On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes bound for California. The planes departed from airports in Boston; Newark, NJ; and Washington, D.C. September 11 would become an infamous date in American and world history, and the events of that day woul…

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“We have begun to administer third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which are not to be confused with booster doses, of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine,” announced Jenny Krapf, LPN, Glacier County Health Department Director. 

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Folks gathered near the entrance to Heart Butte School on Wednesday, Sept. 1, to celebrate a series of projects and accomplishments that are and will be directly impacting the small mountain community in years to come. Blackfeet Tribal Business Council members Virgil Last Star, Vera Weaselhe…

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Numbers of COVID-19 cases in Blackfeet Country stood at 32 active with four new cases having been reported as of Friday, Sept. 3. Of the 32, 13 were fully vaccinated while two were partially vaccinated. Fourteen had no vaccines and the status of three is unknown. One is hospitalized.

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The communities of Cut Bank, Shelby, and Valier have been selected to participate in the 2021 Reimagining Rural Virtual Gathering that is designed to bring some fresh ideas about how to create a vibrant future for rural communities across Montana. 

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The Cut Bank Pioneer Press, Glacier Reporter, Shelby Promoter and The Valierian offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 6, for the Labor Day holiday. Deadline for the Sept. 8 issue is 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3 for news, photos and all ads, including classifieds.

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Public Information Officer James McNeely began his weekly update dispelling a rumor that the Blackfeet Tribe is returning to “lockdown,” in response to increased numbers of COVID-19 cases.

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Between the drought and the fires, Montana is facing a hay shortage, but the solution may come with its own hidden risk. To supplement the lack of hay many ranchers are bringing in hay from outside their communities. Unfortunately, hay has the potential to carry invasive species that can est…

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As the autumn season approaches, operations in the park will start winding down. On Sept. 6, the park’s ticketed entry pilot program will end as well as the park’s shuttle program. Park officials are expecting high visitation numbers in September. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and pr…

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Oki, my fellow Veterans. I hope this letter finds you well. It’s hard to believe that it has already been a month since I’ve last had a moment to stop and write an update. Reading through my last letter we were in a flurry to get the Veterans Arbor and the building finished up in time for ou…

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 “There will be a season two, and I get to coordinate that,” said Danny Edmo, stunt coordinator for the new hit series, Reservation Dogs. “I did all but the pilot episode, and it’s opened a lot of doors for us as Native people.”

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“We’re asking everybody to get tested and vaccinated,” Incident Commander K Webb Galbreath said on Monday, Aug. 23. He noted testing and COVID-19 vaccination efforts being offered on Monday and Tuesday at Blackfeet Community College. Additional tests and vaccinations are available all week a…

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Folks may have noticed small, brightly decorated stands going up in their Blackfeet Reservation neighborhood and wondered what they are. Aaron LaFromboise, librarian at the Medicine Spring Library at Blackfeet Community College, explained they are the creation of her library’s staff members …

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 “We sent my brother off in a good way,” Terrance LaFromboise said after the funeral for his 21-year-old brother Brendon Galbreath. The young man died on Aug. 12 following a police chase in Missoula that resulted in gunfire. Details of the incident remain unclear, especially to members of Ga…

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Organizers of the Montana Fun Weekend were disheartened to learn someone either inadvertently or purposely took the bag with not only all the car registrations but also the gate receipts last Saturday. Roy Nollkamper and company were, however, able to piece together a listing of the winners …

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In consultation with County, City and Tribal Fire Management as well as State of Montana entities, Glacier County waslowered to Stage One Fire Restrictions and will remain in effect until further notice. The County remains under high fire danger conditions due to hot temperatures and a gener…

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As of Monday, Aug. 16, there were 18 active COVID-19 cases on the Blackfeet Reservation. According to Public Information Officer James McNeely, “We get our numbers from IHS, and it’s for the whole Reservation. They’re the most accurate numbers we have, and they’re posted on the Incident Comm…

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 “On the Reservation, there is such a sense of community,” said Dr. Marvin Fultz, a family practicing physician at the Southern Piegan Health Center. “When I talk to a person about health care, it’s not just an individual thing. It’s for everyone, and I don’t find that in other populations. …

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Glacier County Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo Bremner announced county officials will be following a new public comment policy at all future meetings of the commissioners. The announcement came at the Aug. 3 meeting of the commissioners. A written copy of policy was provided by Chairwoman Bre…

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 The Shelby Lions Club will be hosting a Diabetes Awareness Walk Sept. 18, at the start of Roadrunner Trail at 10 a.m. The walk starts at the northern trail and ends at City Shop Road. Proceeds and donations go back to the community to assist individuals with diabetes.  

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Brendon Galbreath, 21, died in Missoula on Thursday morning, Aug. 12. Circumstances involving his death are still under investigation. Brendon had been in a pre-medicine program at the University of California in Los Angeles before moving back to Montana last summer because of COVID-19.

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Last week the Marias River Livestock Association hosted presentations on feeding and vaccinating during drought conditions. Dr. Cathy Lockard from Friesen Nutrition emphasized the importance of cattle nutrition. During the drought we face a lot of challenges to feeding properly, explained Dr…

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The Blackfeet Tribe issued the following public notice and mask mandate on Monday, Aug. 16 when the number of active cases on the Reservation had climbed to 18 and more than 100 individuals had been identified as "contacts." For that reason, the Cut Bank Area Chamber of Commerce Business App…

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It was another smoky, sunny day in Blackfeet Country on Aug. 4 when a short parade “broke out” on N. Piegan Street in Browning. A police vehicle led the way as traditionally garbed people marched with signs supporting the MMIW movement and a Majestic RV followed behind. The RV carried a bicy…

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A rain event on Sunday, Aug. 8, somewhat relieved fears of wildfire outbreaks in Blackfeet Country as areas received up to an inch of rain overnight. The weather is due to warm up as the week progresses and the Heart Butte Healing Celebration approaches its Friday, Aug. 13, start with Grand …

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The dog days of summer are upon us, school will be starting soon and our days will begin getting shorter and chillier. It’s hard to believe that fall is less than six weeks away. Autumn has always been my favorite time of year and I feel fortunate to live in a place that has four distinct seasons. 

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Having participated as a player in TourneySport USA Hawaii Classics volleyball in 2007, Rhanda EagleSpeaker was preparing to return to Hawaii as a coach in 2020 when the trip was derailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, her team of seven girls was able to travel to Honolulu this m…

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The Museum of the Plains Indian, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, reopened to the public effective July 27.