Montana Indian Law


Blackfeet Reservation

The current Blackfeet Nation governmental structure was created under the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act. The governing body is the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council (BTBC) which consists of 9 members, each elected for 4 year terms (changed in recent years from the original 2 year terms in order to promote political stability). Elections are held in even-numbered years, and terms are staggered. BTBC members work full-time and often meet several times a week. The Blackfeet Law and Order Code was promulgated in 1999. It is updated periodically by Resolutions of the Business Council.

Blackfeet Tribal Council
PO Box 850
Browning, MT 59417

Blackfeet Nation Tribal Court

The Blackfeet Nation Tribal Court consists of three judges who are elected to six-year staggered terms. The Tribal court adjudicates standard issues, as well as having the specific responsibility of judicial review, whereby it can declare tribal laws to be either consistent or non-consistent with the Tribe’s Constitution.

Blackfeet Tribal Court
P.O. Box 1200
Browning, MT 59417
Montana Reservations Map - Blackfeet