DROUGHT & CLIMATE RESILIENCE IN THE BLACKFEET NATION SEPTEMBER 14-16, 2022
Join MWCC and our Blackfeet Nation partners September 14-16, 2022 for a Fall Watershed Tour along the Rocky Mountain Front. The Blackfeet (Amskapi Piikani) have developed unique ways of building partnerships and working with the land that are informing their responses to drought and other effects of climate change. The tour will feature some of the partnerships, programs, and projects the Blackfeet have developed to foster a more resilient landscape. There will also be opportunities for connecting, storytelling, and sharing ideas. To learn more about Blackfeet conservation and relationships with the land, check out the documentary Life in the Land – Amskapi Piikani – Blackfeet Nation.
Registration closes August 31st and is limited to 80 participants
Limited scholarships are available to participants in need of financial assistance who register by August 17. You can access the scholarship application through the registration form linked above. Select “Register as a Scholarship Applicant” when that choice arises, and paste the scholarship application link into your browser.
Photo by Joseph Pecora Photography
- Blackfeet Community College
- Blackfeet Environmental Office
- Iinnii Initiative
- Ksik Stakii Project Partners
- Piikani Lodge Health Institute
- The Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent
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Lodging & Logistics
There is reserved lodging for September 14th and 15th at the Cut Bank Super 8. Book your lodging before August 31st by calling 406-873-8325. (*Press #2 to speak to the front desk and ask for the room block under “MWCC”.)
Additional, Blackfeet-owned lodging options include:
- Blackfeet Campgrounds. Campsites, traditional lodges, and cabins available at four different campgrounds near East Glacier, St. Mary, and Babb. Book online or call (406) 338-2111, ext. 2161
- Glacier Peaks Hotel and Casino in Browning. Book online or call (406) 338-2274.
- Blackfeet Culture Camp outside Browning. Book online or call (406) 338-2787.
- Circle R Motel in East Glacier. Book online or call (406) 226-9331.
All Tour stops will be around Browning, East Glacier, St. Mary, and Babb.
Draft Tour Agenda
Dinner & Social Hour – Cut Bank – September 14th
5:30 PM – Check-in (Cut Bank Brewery)
6:00 PM – Dinner and Conversation at the Cut Bank Brewery (dinner provided)
8:00 PM – Dinner & Social Hour Concludes
Day 1 – Browning, East Glacier, St. Mary, Babb – September 15th
We will depart from Cut Bank and carpool to tour sites around Browning, East Glacier, St. Mary, and Babb. Lunch and dinner will be provided.
8:30 AM – Carpool from Cut Bank to All Chief’s Park in Browning (for those staying in Cut Bank)
9:15 AM – Welcome, Introductions, and Ceremonial Blessing at All Chief’s Park in Browning
10:45 AM – Depart for Blackfeet Community College
11:00 AM – Piikani Walking Park, Ksik Stakii (Beaver) Project, Willow Snow Fence, Lunch, Food Sovereignty, Climate Resiliency Overview
2:00 PM – Depart for Bison Summer Range near East Glacier
2:30 PM – Iinnii (Bison) Initiative Presentation
3:45 PM – Depart for Chewing Black Bones Campground on Lower Saint Mary Lake. Optional stops along the way.
5:15 PM – Free Time at Chewing Black Bones Campground. Hiking and fishing available on site with Tribal Recreation Permit.
6:30 PM – Dinner, Presentation by the Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent
Day 2 – Cut Bank, Browning – September 16th
We will carpool to a local ranch to discuss regenerative grazing and drought resiliency initiatives. The tour will conclude before lunch and participants are then free to return home or stay and explore the local communities and geography of the Rocky Mountain Front, Blackfeet Nation, and Glacier National Park.
8:30 AM – Carpool to Private Ranch West of Cut Bank (for those staying in Cut Bank)
8:45 AM – Regenerative Grazing and Drought Resiliency
10:00 AM – Depart for Blackfeet Community College
10:30 AM – Tour Wrap-up and Group Discussion(s)
12:00 PM – Closing Remarks
12:15 PM – Depart
Support as a Sponsor
The Montana Watershed Coordination Council (MWCC) invites sponsors to support our Fall Watershed Tour with the Blackfeet Nation September 14-16 along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front. Sponsorships will allow us to make this event more accessible and affordable to attendees, as well as provide scholarships to participants in need of financial aid. A sponsorship provides a great opportunity for promotion and exposure to a statewide audience through recognition throughout the event, as well as in in tour publications, MWCC’s website, and relevant announcements.
Progress Toward Sponsorship Needs
If you have questions or need additional information please contact Ethan Kunard at email@example.com or (406) 475-1420.