March 26, 2020 


For Immediate Release 

Robert McDonald 

Unified Command Center (UCC) Public Information Office (PIO) 

Mobile: 406-249-1818 

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CSKT-Lake County Unified Command Center (UCC)--

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and Lake County have joined to fight COVID-19 by creating a Unified Command Center, which is authorized to address the coronavirus threat in our community. The Unified Command Center will combine and organize county and tribal resources to be more effective in the prevention of the pandemic. 

Both the Tribal Council and the Lake County Commissioners voted to create the Unified Command Center. Both governing bodies turned over authority to two Incident Commanders to lead the team. Bob McCrea, a veteran firefighter, and Mark Clary, emergency manager for the county, will lead a team made of both tribal and county workers including medical staff, planners, financial experts, and operations managers. 

“We’re stronger together than we are as individual governments,” said Shelly R. Fyant, Tribal Council Chairwoman. “This is the best way to keep everyone in our community safer.” 

Chair of the Lake County Commissioners, Bill Barron, a former Lake County Sheriff, said “Our two great governments are teaming together for the sole purpose of keeping our loved ones safe. So far there’s not been a single reported coronavirus infected person in Lake County but that won’t last much longer. We need to be prepared.” 

The Lake County Commissioners voted to support the Unified Command Center Tuesday and Council passed a resolution authorizing the change Thursday. Team members will now meet daily to plan operations, sort our needed logistics, and smooth over organizational blips. 

Future news releases regarding the COVID-19 response will come from Public Information Officer (PIO) Robert McDonald. 

“We’re blessed with tremendous talent in the Mission Valley,” said Bob McCrea, who regularly works on Level 1 response teams to emergencies. “We have on our team someone who’s worked multiple infectious outbreaks. We’re lucky to have access to experienced and dedicated people.” 

Incident Command Systems and Unified Command Centers support elected officials by taking on specific duties that arise during emergencies. While the Council and Commission members retain full authority, they empower the CSKT-Lake County Unified Command Center to be more nimble in moving resources. The newly created Unified Command Center will also be more effective in qualifying for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding. 


MARCH 26, 2020
According to the Lake County Public Health office, Lake County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19.
The individual has been self quarantined.
The following resources are available for our community to get more information about COVID-19:
Tribal Health phone hotline and email:
The number for the COVID-19 call center is 406-849-5798. 
Hours of operation for the call center are:
Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm.
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Tribal Health staff will respond to emails within 24 hours.
If you are experiencing any of these COVID-19 symptoms, call your health care provider immediately:
-runny nose
-sore throat
-difficulty breathing
To All Tribal Health patients:
Call the main phone at 406-745-3525 before coming into any Health Center and/or if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
For more information about the CSKT and Tribal Health response to COVID-19, please visit or


March 23, 2020

Public Notice:  Tribal Health Pharmacy Curbside Pickup

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to limit face-to-face contact at our Tribal Health pharmacies, a new curbside pickup service will be offered 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. Tribal Health will make all attempts to follow the appropriate protocol of retrieving signatures from patients or their surrogates while not delaying or inhibiting curbside pickup services. 



The partial shutdown of the CSKT government will continue longer than originally ordered.
First declared on March 16th with the intention of lasting two weeks, Council extended the shutdown, which will be reviewed as the COVID-19 situation develops. No end date was given, but Council is watching the COVID situation closely. Initially Council said till April 10, then a suggestion was made to make it indefinite, which could be rescinded at any time. Council will review the shut down every two weeks.
The order was originally passed to slow the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. All department heads were directed to establish an essential services schedule. Department heads are firming up plans on what services will remain in place and what employees can work from home.
A number of tribal programs will be scaled back, however, essential services will remain, like elder care, payroll, accounting, IIM and care of vulnerable populations. 
The courts are rescheduling cases. Emergency hearings will take place as needed. All Mission Valley Power employees are considered essential.
Again, thank you for your efforts in keeping our people safe. The longer we can keep this viral infection away and limit our exposure, the greater service we will provide. The most effective way to protect yourself and loved ones is to wash your hands frequently. This is not convenient for anyone. Disruptions to work and essential services will happen, but if we can slow the infection and minimize the impact now, these inconveniences will be worth the effort. Please share this notice by posting around offices or sending to other people. More announcements will be posted on CSKT.ORG, your work email, RAVE Alerts and The Char-Koosta News Facebook Page, and the weekly print version of the paper.

March 20, 2020


PABLO, MT ­-- The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will mirror the closures ordered Friday by Governor Steve Bullock of dine-in food service and alcoholic beverage businesses.

Tribal Council has already taken many actions to further reduce ricks to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus. This action is taken to ensure that all businesses within the interior boundary of the Flathead Indian Reservation are under the same ban.

The Governor’s ban, and the tribal ban, will be in effect at 8 p.m. Friday.


On the Flathead Indian Reservation, some businesses are under the county and state jurisdiction, while others are under CSKT’s governmental jurisdiction. Under the Directive, the following places are closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public:

  • Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other similar establishments offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption.


  • Alcoholic beverage service businesses, including bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other establishments offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.


  • Cigar bars.


  • Health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers, pools and hot springs, indoor facilities at ski areas, climbing gyms, fitness studios, and indoor recreational facilities.


  • Movie and performance theaters, nightclubs, concert halls, bowling alleys, bingo halls, and music halls. 


  • Casinos.

The places subject to this Directive are permitted and encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service, and to use precautions in doing so to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing.

On par with the state of Montana, these closures expire at 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2020. Please check for updates.

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