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Blackfeet Nation Offers Financial Assistance For Funerals

The Blackfeet Community Hospital in Browning, Mont.
The Blackfeet Community Hospital in Browning, Mont.

The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council On Wednesday announced it would direct a portion of the tribe’s federal coronavirus relief funds to cover funeral costs of tribal members.

The announcement said family of the deceased can apply for up to $5,000 to cover the individual’s mortuary and funeral costs.

Twenty Blackfeet community members have died from the novel coronavirus since March.

As of Oct. 28, there are 93 active COVID-19 cases on the Blackfeet Reservation. Fifteen of those patients are hospitalized.

The reservation is currently under Stay Home orders, including a daily curfew from 10 P.M. to 6 A.M., through Nov. 8.

COVID-19 has hit Native Americans in Montana particularly hard. Although only about seven percent of Montana’s population is Indigenous, Native Americans account for 39 percent of the state’s coronavirus deaths.