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Backbone of the World: The Blackfeet and the Glacier National Park Area

Mark David Spence

in Dispossessing the Wilderness

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780195142433
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848812 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195142433.003.0006
Backbone of the World: The Blackfeet and the Glacier National Park Area

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This chapter discusses the creation and early management of Glacier National Park. The eastern half of Glacier National Park was once part of the Blackfeet reservation, and the tribe has long maintained that an 1895 agreement with the United States permanently reserved certain legal rights within the park area. On May 11, 1910, the Glacier National Park Bill became law, and made no mention of the rights reserved to the Blackfeet in 1895 land-cession agreement. Nevertheless, there is no evidence that any Indians opposed the creation of the national park; a few strongly supported the new park, particularly those members of the tribal business council who saw it as potential noon to the reservation's economy.

Keywords: Glacier National Park; Blackfeet; Glacier National Park Bill; tribal business council

Chapter.  5437 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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