The annual Fall Gathering of the Glacier–Two Medicine Alliance (GTMA) will take place on Sept. 20-22 in East Glacier Park. 

Events start at the Glacier Park Lodge on Friday evening, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. with a program and social hour featuring wolverine biologist Rick Yates.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, activities continue at the Summit Mountain Lodge on U.S. Highway 2, which is 10 miles west of East Glacier Park beginning at 10 a.m. with Blackfeet Cultural Speaker Virgil Bull Shoe, a report on the state of the Badger area south of Glacier National Park and east of the Divide in the morning.

Lunch is provided before the afternoon screening of Iniskim, a dramatic film about a young Blackfeet Woman’s journey of healing and the keynote address by Doug Chadwick at 2 p.m. A social hour and live benefit auction precede dinner and music by John Floridis and Ed Stalling.

All events are open to the public, and reservations are encouraged. Limited lodging is available in the cabins at the Summit Mountain Lodge. The suggested fee is $40 per person for all events. Childcare with camp-style activities is available on Saturday.

Keynote author Douglas Chadwick is a renowned wildlife biologist who studied mountain goats and grizzlies in the Rockies and began writing about natural history and conservation for national magazines including Readers Digest and National Geographic. On assignments from Siberia to the Congo River’s headwaters, he has produced several hundred popular articles and many books. He is also the vice chair of the board of Vital Ground, a nonprofit land trust that has helped safeguard more than 600,000 acres of wildlife habitat in Alaska, Canada, and the western U.S.

The Fall Gathering’s activities continue on Sunday, Sept. 22 with guided hikes for persons of all abilities in the Badger area of the Lewis & Clark National Forest beginning at 9 a.m.

Register at the GTMA web page:

The Fall Gathering is a cultural, educational, and fundraising event. Camping is available at Marias Pass across the road from the Summit Mountain Lodge or camping is also available in the YLazyR Campground in East Glacier (full hookups), Red Eagle Campground on MT Hwy 49 north of East Glacier Park and the Two Medicine Campground in Glacier National Park.

The Glacier-Two Medicine Alliance (GTMA) is a local grassroots organization, based in East Glacier Park and surrounded by the glorious Badger-Two Medicine area, Glacier National Park, and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. GTMA organized as a community of Blackfeet and non-Natives to protect the cultural and ecological integrity of the Badger-Two Medicine in 1984. GTMA will continue to fight for this landscape, until we realize the implementation of a permanent protection plan. 

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