1. Carway Loop Project:
Northwestern Energy gas transmission project is replacing the 16-mile pipeline which is located North of Browning on 3C Bar Road continuing South to the Big Sky Hutterite colony on Meriweather Road. The original pipeline was installed in the early 1960s when there were no laws protecting Cultural Areas. Blackfeet THPO got out and surveyed the Area of Potential Effect in July of 2021, additional sites were discovered during the initial survey and 2 main areas of the pipeline were rerouted around the Blackfoot campsites. During all areas of excavation, a trained TCS Tribal Cultural Specialist will be onsite monitoring the work.
2. Two Medicine Road:
The Federal Highway Administration is reconstructing the existing roadway. 4.3 miles of this project lies within the Blackfeet reservation boundaries. Starting at junction 49 near Red Eagle Campground, continuing 4.3 miles to the Glacier National Park boundaries. A Cultural resource inventory will occur before any excavations or dirt-moving activities occur.
3. St Mary Canal Project:
St Mary canal diversion works- Dam replacement and fish modification project. The Bureau of Reclamation is proposing to replace the St Mary Diversion Dam, a site that is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The dam has been in operation for over 100 years with only minor improvements, a complete replacement of the dam and headworks is needed to provide fish passage for the westcut Bull Trout which is an endangered species.
4. Army Corps of Engineers Weather Station Project:
The Montana Climate office is partnering with the Army Corps of Engineers to install 4 weather stations on the Blackfeet Reservation. The weather stations will provide soil moisture and snowpack monitoring along with other weather measurements currently available through existing weather station networks. Areas that will have stations will be the Milk River, Buffalo Lake, Mission Lake, and Dog Gun Lake.
5. Amtrak Station Project:
Amtrak will be doing some construction on the Amtrak offices and surrounding area located in East Glacier
6. Siyeh fiber Optic:
Siyeh and THPO will be continuing working on the installation of Fiber optic lines in the South Browning areas, Chinatown, Rodeo Drive, etc. Summer of 2022 THPO and the University of Arizona conducted the Class 3 Cultural Survey of the Highway 89 portion of the project. Surveys conducted were from the Wye at 89 to Rocky Ridge. Both Joe Show East and West as well as the Badger Creek road were covered in the survey.
7. Forestry Project:
Forestry will be clearing Timber sales in Cut Bank Creek and Boulder Ridge area. A Survey of the area will be done prior to any removal of vegetation.
8. Stampede Park:
Construction will begin soon at Stampede Park with a multi-use walking path as well as improving the approach of the Rodeo grounds.
9. Chief Mountain Guardianship:
A Full-Time Position is being created that will preserve and protect areas on Chief Mountain.
10. Production of DocuDrama & Website:
The THPO is producing a docudrama film and accompanying website about the 1895 Treaty Negotiations called “1895-All We Sold Was The Rocks”
. Follow this link
to view our presentation about the production.