Blackfeet Nation chairman calls for economic boost
HELENA (AP) — The chairman of the Blackfeet Nation called for an increase in economic development for Native American tribes in the annual State of the Tribal Nations address Thursday.
Increasing tourism by dispelling the stereotype that reservations are lawless places is important for economic advancement of the Native American tribes, Willie Sharp told state lawmakers.
Native Americans make up 6.5 percent of the population in Montana, the largest minority in the state. That makes cooperation between the Legislature and the Native American reservations very important, he said.