"The City of Cut Bank would like to thank the Port Authority for their generous donation of $10,000 towards the pavilion cover at the City Park stage. Without donations like this, these projects would not be possible. The Port Authority is a valuable asset to the citizens and communities in our area by helping to support worthwhile projects that enhance our communities. The 38'x46' Poligon pavilion cover will protect the stage at the City Park from the weather and allow more events, including the spring and fall, making the stage a three-season venue. More events will not only make Cut Bank a more attractive tourist destination; it will make the City Park more inviting to both those who live and visit our community. Thank you for your support." - Mayor Raemaeker (photo courtesy of Cut Bank Pioneer Press)
"In 2014, the Cut Bank Area Chamber of Commerce applied for and received an Economic Development Fund grant from the Glacier County Regional Port Authority to work towards the renovation of a historic downtown building in Cut Bank. The funds were used to work towards making our property safe and more marketable for eventual redevelopment. Without the Glacier County Regional Port Authority's generous grant, we wouldn't have been able to complete the first phase of our project within our budgeted time and continue making forward progress of creating a revitalized downtown in Cut Bank." - Amy Overstreet, Cut Bank Area Chamber of Commerce
"This letter is written with the intent of expressing our sincere thank you for awarding us a grant of $10,000. As promised the entire amount of the grant will be used to construct an inclusive playground within the City of Cut Bank. Your grant when combined with other revenue sources are bringing the first accessible public playground to our community. As the project continues, I will update the Port Authority on the progress of the playground construction. Please take a moment to reflect upon the impact of your work on the children, parents, and grandparents in our community. Once again, thank you." - Nicholas Bradford, Glacier County EMS (photo courtesy of Cut Bank Pioneer Press)
Glacier County Healthy Foods
"Nisto Amsskapi Pikanii ki niitsii topii abastan. Hello, my name is Abbi Fitzpatrick. I am Southern Blackfoot, and I am from Cut Bank. My home is near the backbone of the world, Glacier National Park. Most of my family lives on the Blackfeet Reservation. My father is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe. I am aware of hardships living in a reservation-border town as well as on the reservation. I have tremendous pride of this challenging environment that has made me resilient.
My greatest interest stems from my involvement in 4-H. As a member of Blackfeet 4-H, I was introduced to the Intertribal Agriculture Youth Council. Intertribal Agriculture Council is a network of people who advocate for tribal food sovereignty for all tribes across our great nation. For the last three years, I have gained tremendous opportunities from my experiences through IAC. My greatest interest has been food sovereignty in Indian Country. I have learned several solutions reservations are pursuing to enhance healthy and independent food choices. Having the opportunity to work with Intertribal Agriculture Council, I have a voice as a youth leader for my tribe and my community.
Today, food related health diseases, poverty, and food deserts are challenges for Indian Country. As an adcvocate for food sovereignty, I understand the importance of traditional foods and their relation to healthy living. With the high percentage of poverty on reservations, Native Americans receiving assistance through commodities or the SNAP program have limited funds for nutritious foods. Furthermore, whether they are SNAP recipients or can afford to fill their cupboards with groceries on their own, healthy food choices are limited due to food desert areas. A food desert is an area removed from access to affordable, nutritious food options. We have a few designated food desert areas in my immediate community.
In January of 2017, I began fund-raising to purchase 100 cases of mini-produce boxes to be distributed to two community programs. The project was covered by $570 from local and GoFundMe donations while Glacier County Port Authority funded $1,030. The project's goal is to share with low-income families about how they can provide their families with healthy produce at a low cost through a local vendor. The first group of 50 boxes was delivered to the community of Heart Butte, Montana during the first part of May 2017. Fifty food boxes were then delivered to the local kid-pack program in my hometown of Cut Bank at the end of May 2017. Heart Butte is a designated food desert along with several reservations towns in Indian Country. I included a flyer for each mini-box with easy recipes using the ingredients in the boxes along with an introduction about the local vendor.
On June 2, 2017, I was notified that I had been chosen from a competitive applicant pool for a grant from the Red Ants Pants Foundation. I received $500 to put towards my project. I also raised an additional $90 to add to the sum during the summer. On November 16, 2017, I was notified that Glacier County Port Authority would again fund the project with an added $910 to complete a second drop of 100 boxes. In December, I also learned that the Siyeh Corporation will be adding to the drop with an additional $2,000. In January of 2018, I will organize a distribution of boxes to Seville Head Start, Cut Bank Head Start, and Browning Public Schools. I am hopeful to get cooperation of my local student council along with the student council of Browning High School for such a large distribution of over 230 boxes." -Abbi Fitzpatrick, Glacier County Healthy Foods (photos courtesy of Abbi Fitzpatrick)
The Glacier County Regional Port Authority was able to assist a new Browning business, Big Dan the Frybread Man, with a year of their land lease and liability insurance. We wish them the very best. (Facebook photo)
Supporting Success Scholarship
In 2019, the Glacier County Regional Port Authority presented its first scholarship opportunity to students in Glacier County. Our application was open to graduating seniors of Browning and Cut Bank High Schools, with one from each school to be selected for a $500 scholarship award. Having no applicants from Browning High School in its first year, the scholarship was awarded to one Cut Bank High School senior, Portia Taylor. Taylor plans to attend Flathead Community College in the field of Radiology Technology. We congratulate Portia Taylor on her scholarship and wish her the best! (Photo courtesy of Portia Taylor)