The Blackfeet Flood

Shors is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker specializing in public-interest reporting in the Pacific Northwest. His documentary series, “Sixty-Four Flood," was selected for online distribution by PBS Indies.

On June 7, 1964, a driving rain buckled dams and flooded vehicles on the Blackfeet Reservation, sweeping crying children from mothers’ arms, and ferrying homes and bodies across the prairie. By the time it ended, more than two-dozen Blackfeet Indians had drowned in the worst natural disaster in Montana history. More than a half-century after the worst disaster in Montana history, two Blackfeet families struggle to come to terms with the 1964 flood.

BROOKE PEPION SWANEY (Blackfeet/Salish) is a 2014 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellow and a 2013 Time Warner Fellow through the Sundance Institute.

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