Fears that the coronavirus pandemic could cripple their cultural knowledge by striking their elders prompted the Blackfeet Nation to effectively close the eastern side of Glacier National Park through the summer and into the fall.
“For the last about 500 years we’ve been fighting tribal decimation, we’ve been fighting for survival. This isn’t the first time that our tribe has had similar threats. And so, it’s a huge worry to us," tribal spokesperson Eileen Henderson said Tuesday. "Our elders hold our culture and our stories."