Blackfeet Nation Challenges Montana Ban on Vaccine Mandates as Infringement on Sovereignty
November 21, 2022
J.R. Myers' frustration grew as he read the email: To attend a local economic development council meeting in Browning - the largest community on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northwestern Montana - he had to bring proof he was vaccinated against covid-19.
It was November 2021. Six months earlier, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte, a Republican, had signed a law prohibiting businesses and governments from discriminating against people who aren't vaccinated against covid or other diseases. To Myers, the requirement to attend the meeting of the Glacier County Regional Port Authority - formed by local governments in Glacier County's tribal and nontribal areas - appeared to violate that law.
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