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Crowning the Continent: The American Wilderness Ideal and Blackfeet Exclusion from Glacier National Park

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/9780195142433.003.0007
Crowning the Continent: The American Wilderness Ideal and Blackfeet Exclusion from Glacier National Park

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This chapter discusses the issue of Blackfeet rights and their claims on Glacier. The issue of Blackfeet rights in the park became a protracted battle that involved various federal and state agencies, touched on key constitutional issues, and captured the attention and energy of leading preservationists. The legal complexities of the conflict that arose between the park service and the tribe and the radically different meanings that Indians and non-Indians attached to the park landscape created a unique and potent arena of contention that continues to defy resolution.

Keywords: Blackfeet; Glacier; Indians; constitutional issues

Chapter.  8140 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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