Blackfeet Nation

Bordered between the Rocky Mountain Front and Glacier National Park, the Blackfeet Reservation is home to over 17,000 Blackfeet Nation members, and is one of the 10 largest tribes in the U.S. The Tribe continues to work hard to promote, protect, and enhance the natural and cultural assets, and offers access to outdoor recreation, as well as cultural celebrations and experiences including North American Indian Days Powwow and Heart Butte Society Celebration, and the Blackfeet Art Market.

On June 4, 2019, Lt. Governor Cooney, Jason Smith, Director of Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, Tara Rice, Director of Depart. of Commerce, Heather Sobrepena, Depart. of Commerce Indian Country Economic Development Program, Kathleen O’Leary, Deputy Commissioner of Dept. of Labor & Industry, and Elisa Fiaschetti, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, met with the Blackfeet Tribal Council and stakeholders to discuss the community’s accomplishments and successes, as well as their challenges and roadblocks.

Rural Partners Highlights

During the Rural Partners visit we discussed priorities, and the challenges and opportunities to reaching these priorities were identified and discussed. Priority areas discussed included:

  • Finding innovated ways to address mental health and addiction
  • Tourism
  • Business Development
  • Funding opportunities and awareness of state programs
  • Agriculture

As a follow-up to the June visit, Rural Partners has continued to work with the tribe to make appropriate connections, provide resources, and identify potential next steps. In the meeting notes, there are a number of resources and examples to provide assistance and advance opportunities.