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Montana Is Open, But For Now The Blackfeet Nation Is Closed


The St. Mary entrance into Glacier National Park, which borders the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, remained closed on June 5. Park officials and tribal leaders say they are negotiating when it will be safe to reopen the east side of the park. Aaron Bolton/Montana Public Radio

Montana has one of the country's lowest coronavirus infection rates and is welcoming tourists back again. Earlier this month, it dropped a two-week quarantine requirement for out-of-state visitors put in place in March. But not everyone is on board with the decision.

The Blackfeet Nation, whose reservation borders Glacier National Park, is maintaining a two-week quarantine order and lodging restrictions for non-residents. Restrictions are set to expire at the end of the month, but tribal leaders have already extended them once and could do so again. That uncertainty has businesses dependent on the roughly $110 million local tourism economy looking for ways to survive until next season.


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