The 2023 NOTC Blackfoot Confederacy Summer Tour will take us through some of the most beautiful and wild country in North America where we will collaborate with all 4 sister tribes of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Canada and the U.S, and return to favorite Chautauqua stomping grounds at the home of Jerry and Becky Luther in Sandpoint, ID, and Pom and Kathi Collins in Trego, MT.
Included on our journey:
- A return to the amazing home of beloved Chautauqua hosts, Jerry and Becky Luther, on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, ID
- A Saturday night performance at Sandpoint’s vaudeville palace, the Panida Theater
- Eleven breathtaking nights at Riel and Kimmy Houle’s Tipi Camp on the prairie of the great Piikani Nation in Brocket Alberta, featuring a Music Festival under the stars, and collaborations with our hosts, the Piikani Nation, and other Canadian Blackfoot Confederacy sister Nations - the Siksika and the Bloods
- Three nights in Browning, MT with our friends in the Blackfeet Nation for our seventh visit since 1982
- A four night closing stay at the wild and inspiring spread of longtime Chautuaquans, Pom and Kathi Collins, in Trego, MT. Shows, parade, & workshop details to follow.
For more details and images from past tours, click here or visit the following link: https://chautauqua.org/uploads/2023tour/2023%20NOTC%20BFC%20Tour%20Pamphlet_.pdf
Traveling to Canada
This tour will be going to Canada. You are required to have a current passport to enter Canada. A driver's license alone is no longer valid. Your passport must have at least 6 months remaining on it at the time of your entry, which will be June 11.
It is taking longer than usual to get passports renewed. It is taking even longer to get a new passport, possibly up to 3 months.
Youth under 16 do not need a passport. They must have a legal proof of citizenship.
Possible issues entering Canada:
There is mixed info on whether someone previously convicted of a felony in the US will be allowed to enter Canada. It appears to be a combination of 1) severity of conviction, 2) how old the conviction is and 3) the discretion of the border customs officer. There is a legal path to admittance even with a conviction. The customs officer WILL KNOW if you have committed a felony. What they do about it is not guaranteed.
Officers at both borders entering and exiting, can check your phones and computers for illegal content without a search warrant if they feel like it, including your social media accounts.
Taking your vehicle into Canada:
If you plan to take a vehicle across the border, be sure to bring your registration AND proof of insurance. You can also call your insurance company and ask them to send you a "Canadian Non-Resident Inter-Province Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Card" (which they should do for free) just to be on the safe side. And be sure to thoroughly clean your vehicle before crossing the border in either direction.
Please read the following important documents:
The deadline for applying for the tour is May 10th.