A total of 2,348 votes were cast for four open positions on the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council during the pandemic shutdown. Long vehicle lines converged on the Stick Game building while nearby double lines formed towards Glacier Peaks Casino where coronavirus testing was simultaneously taking place.
When the votes were unofficially tallied, only one incumbent emerged to return to office when Timothy “Kink” Davis overcame challenger James McNeely in the Browning Position #1 race.
The other incumbents did not do so well, with Terry Tatsey being beaten by Virgil Last Star in Heart Butte Position #5. Lauren Monroe was the victor over Carl Kipp in Seville Position #7.
None of the three races were close, with the winners earning more than 61% of the vote.
The final race in Old Agency Position #9 was closer, with both candidates being challengers rather than incumbents. When the dust cleared, Marvin Weatherwax Jr. edged out Tony Sinclair Sr. to win that seat on the BTBC.
Inauguration is scheduled for what would be the first Thursday of North American Indian Days, July 9, had the event not been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The time and place for inauguration have not yet been announced.
The vote totals for each position are listed below in unofficial results.
2020 BTBC unofficial General Election Results
Browning Pos. #1
Timothy Kink Davis- 1,441
James Jim McNeely- 895
Heart Butte Pos. #5
Virgil Last Star-1,438
Seville Pos. #7
Lauren Monroe Jr.-1,543
Carl Kipp- 796
Old Agency Pos. #9
Marvin Weatherwax Jr. 1,274
Tony Sinclair Sr. 1,065