Little Shell Tribe offers to run Hell Creek State Park

The Little Shell Chippewa Tribe has told the federal government, which oversees concession leases around Fort Peck Reservoir, that it would like to take over Hell Creek State Park when the state of Montana’s lease expires in April 2021.

“Why not us take it over and run it?” said Gerald Gray, tribal chairman.

Gray provided a copy of the proposal to the Billings Gazette that he sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps manages Fort Peck Reservoir and concession leases around the shore of the huge lake.

The tribe’s application calls for a 30-year lease. A phone call to the Corps’ media relations had not been returned by press time. 

Gerald Gray, tribal chair of Montana’s Little Shell Band of Chippewa Indians, is shown in 2012 at the advertising agency where he works in Billings.

Photo courtesy Associated Press Past decision

In 2015, the previous Montana State Parks and Recreation board approved leaving Hell Creek unless partners could be found to share the high cost of operations and maintenance for the 337-acre facility. Patrick Doyle, marketing and communications manager for Montana State

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