Kimberly Boy, Administrator
PO Box 850, Agency Square
Browning, Montana 59417
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Welcome to the Blackfeet Department of Commerce
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
PER ORDINANCE NO. 73 – REGULATION
AND CONTROL OF LIQUOR
Please request a copy of Ordinance No. 73 in its entirety to learn about the regulation and control of liquor on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
NOTE: The existing ordinance is under legal review and changes will be adopted by the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council upon the completion of the legal review.
Declaration of Public Policy – Subject Matters Regulation
1. It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the Blackfeet Tribe to effectuate and ensure the entire control of the sale and distribution of all alcoholic beverages within the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, subject to the inherent sovereign power of the Blackfeet Nation and the power delegated to the Tribe by the United States Congress and concurrently with the State of Montana.
2. This code is an exercise of the police powers of the Blackfeet Nation and the power delegated pursuant to Title 18, Section 1161 of the United States Code, in and for the protection of the welfare, health, peace, morals and safety of the people of the Blackfeet Nation and residents of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
3. It is further the policy of the Blackfeet Nation to effectuate the economic rights of members of the Blackfeet Nation, as guaranteed by Article VIII, Section 2, of the Blackfeet Constitution. This policy is implemented herein by limiting the issuance of new licenses to enrolled members of the Blackfeet Nation or business entities which are at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned by enrolled members of the Blackfeet Nation.
Sale of Alcoholic Beverages Privilege, Not Right
A license for the sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages within the Blackfeet Indian Reservation is a privilege with the Blackfeet Nation may grant or deny and is not a right to which any person or entity is entitled.
Q. When are alcohol sales closed down by the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council?
A. At the discretion of the BTBC, during the annual events listed below, all alcohol sales are closed, unless prior approval to serve alcohol in a hotel restaurant setting is granted. On-premise consumption may be allowable:
Browning High School Prom and Graduation Activities
Heart Butte High School Prom and Graduation Activities
North American Indian Days (NO EXCEPTIONS, per referendum vote)
Heart Butte Society Celebration (NO EXCEPTIONS, per referendum vote)
Tribal Business Council - Election Days
Christmas Eve through Christmas Day
Q. What are the License Classifications and Fees?
A. Class 1: All Beverage License - $500.00 annual fee
This license enables the licensee to sell liquor, beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages, as provided by law, at retail within the boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
Class 2: On-Premises Retail Beer License, with Available Wine Sales Amendment - $200.00 annual fee for each
This license enables the licensee to sell beer for on-premises consumption and for off-premises consumption. For an additional $200.00 fee a wine license amendment is available. The licensee must make an initial showing that the sale of beer for on-premises consumption is supplementary to a restaurant or prepared food business.
Class 3: Off-Premises Retail Beer License, with Available Wine Sales Amendment - $200.00 annual fee for each
This license enables the licensee to sell beer and wine with an amendment, in the original package for off-premises consumption only. For an additional $200.00 fee a wine license amendment is available. The licensee must make an initial showing that the license will be used in conjunction with a business operated as a bona fide grocery store or drug store.
The issuance of new licenses in Class 1, 2, and 3 shall be limited to enrolled members of the Blackfeet Indian Nation or business entities which are at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned and operated by an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Indian Nation.
Class 4: Special License - $75.00 fee
This license consists of special permission enabling the licensee to sell beer or wine to the patrons of some pre-planned community event, to be consumed within the enclosure where the event is held. Allowable events include company picnics, conventions, fairs, civil entertainment, and sporting events.
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