Urging folks to act responsibly and get their COVID-19 vaccinations, Miss Blackfeet Aia Heavy Runner brought her uplifting message to Browning’s Homecoming parade. See more photos inside this week’s issue.

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.

As of Monday, Sept. 13, there were 38 active cases including six new cases. Eighteen were fully vaccinated while six were partially vaccinated and 14 had no vaccinations. Three are hospitalized and more than 125 are quarantined. More than 8,700 have been vaccinated.

The report is for the reservation and does include numbers from Glacier and Pondera counties. Vaccines and tests are available at Blackfeet Community Hospital and the Southern Piegan Health Center; call (406) 338-6304 or (406) 338-4624.

As for the survey being conducted into what projects residents would like to see go forward, McNeely said the most popular choice so far seems to be a community wellness center, which he said was already the BTBC’s first choice. While they are working on the 2020 budget, he said they are looking at the other ideas for projects that will help the outlying Reservation communities.

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