'Make this place a destination': Blackfeet aim to attract tourists

BROWNING — On Sunday morning during Indian Days, Brynnlee St. Goddard skipped breakfast and rushed over to Native Life, a fabric store in downtown Browning, where she’s worked for three years. The 19-year-old measured, cut and folded fabric with determined focus, hoping some of the thousands of tourists visiting her hometown would find their way into the store.

Each July, thousands flock to Browning for the parade, rodeo and powwow festivities. They come to see horse riders in regalia and classic cars roll down the main street, as celebrants toss candy and toys to the hundreds of people lining the streets. After the parade, the crowd packed under a nearby tent to watch the powwow dancers. Meanwhile, hundreds more piled into bleachers at the rodeo grounds to watch Indian relay and other events. Children chased each other through the events, standing still only when they waited in line to ride the Ferris wheel or buy treats.

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On the fringes of the events, tourists lined up at vendors’ booths to buy clothing, jewelry, blankets and food. The carnival, powwow grounds and rodeo arena are just across the street from Native Life — a one-minute

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