CSKT extends closure order on Flathead Reservation

Posted at 10:22 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 16:12:35-04

PABLO — The CSKT Tribal Council has extended a shutdown on the Flathead Reservation as the COVID-19 situation continues to develop in Montana.

No end date was given for the closure order and the Tribal Council will review the shut down every two weeks.

The order was originally passed to slow the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and all department heads were directed to establish an essential services schedule.

A number of tribal programs will be scaled back, however, essential services will remain including elder care, payroll, accounting and care of vulnerable populations, according to a news release.

Courts are rescheduling cases and emergency hearings will take place as needed. It is also noted that all Mission Valley Power employees are considered essential.

Tribal health pharmacies are offering a curbside pickup service until May 1, 2020 with the possibility of extension. New prescriptions and refills can be dropped off and delivered to patient cars by a Tribal Health staff member.

Additional announcements regarding changes in CKST services will be posted here.

The Tribal Council officially declared a state of emergency due to the global outbreak of COVID-19 on March 17.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has extended the statewide closure order – which includes public K-12 schools – until April 10.