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CSKT Tribal Council modifies resolution to open recreation to all residents

Recreation for nonresidents remains restricted

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FLATHEAD RESERVATION – The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council recently took action to modify the current resolution to allow all people who reside on the Flathead Indian Reservation full return of access and use of tribal lands, including campgrounds and recreation lands managed by The Tribal Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation. 

“This action is effective immediately and will remain in effect until revoked,” CSKT states.

All restrictions for non-residents of the Flathead Reservation will remain in place.  On March 31, the tribal council passed a resolution to temporarily suspend recreation on tribal land to non-residents of the Flathead Indian Reservation in response to the COVID-19 virus. 

All residents of the reservation are required to present proper permits and current identification with proof of residency. Tribal conservation permits are required for individuals 12 years of age and older. Fishing permits are also required for non-member residents, 14 years of age and older, and both permits can be purchased online. Please visit the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website at 

The Tribal Wildlife Management Program highly encourages people to carry bear spray while recreating. Bear spray should be readily accessible, and the user should know how to use it.

The CSKT Natural Resources Department asks that community residents tread lightly while recreating on tribal land. During the “shelter in place” order, outdoor recreation is one of very few activities allowed as long as social distancing is implemented. 

“We remind the public that tribal game wardens are working regular shifts and will be out patrolling daily. For more information, contact the CSKT Division of Fish, Wildlife, Recreation and Conservation at 406-883-2888. 



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