Blackfeet Nation’s Chief Mountain conservation landscape
Our overflight examined the Blackfeet's Chief Mountain conservation landscape and the ambitious projects the Blackfeet Nation is taking on. The Nation is working to create a Wildlife Management Area along the boundary of Glacier National Park to preserve habitat and increase access for native species like elk, moose, and grizzly bears. These landscape protections are also essential to restore iinnii, a species central to Blackfeet culture and practices.
Additionally, the Blackfeet Nation is establishing an Indigenous Guardians program to care for the land and ensure culturally respectful use.
Chief Mountain transcends boundaries, half in Glacier National Park, half in the Blackfeet Reservation to the east, and just under 5 miles from the border that separates it from the Peace Park in Canada. Chief Mountain holds great power and ancient knowledge; use of the mountain for ritual and ceremonial purposes goes back thousands of years.