The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council passed Resolution 1812020 on March 16, declaring a State of Emergency on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Blackfeet Tribe, Indian Health Service-Blackfeet Service Unit, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Blackfeet Tribal Health Departments and Blackfeet Homeland Security have been continuing to monitor the situation and work together in order to provide safety for all members of the Blackfeet Reservation.
Entities across the reservation has taken measures to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19. Schools on have been closed in Browning, Babb, Heart Butte and East Glacier by order of the Governor of Montana. The Blackfeet Tribal Offices and Programs will have closed until March 30 to allow extensive cleaning by the Facilities/Maintenance Department. Blackfeet Early Childhood Centers across the reservation have also been closed until further notice. Blackfeet Community College has closed and will move to remote access beginning March 30. The Blackfeet Care Center has adopted a no visitor policy for the time being.
An Incident Command Post has been put in place at Blackfeet Community Hospital with CEO Garland Stiffarm serving as the Incident Commander and Robert DesRosier and Rosemary Cree Medicine serving as Co-Liaisons to the Incident Command on behalf of the Blackfeet Tribe.
“The safety of the Blackfeet People has always and continues to be our main priority,” states Timothy Davis, Chairman of the Blackfeet Tribe. “We are following the recommendations and guidelines put forth by the CDC (Center for Dis-ease Control) and encourage everyone to follow these in order to prevent COVID-19.”
For more information on CQVID-19 (Coronavirus), please visit WWW.CdC.gOY or call 1-888-333-0416.