Sun Tours is starting its 24th operating season as an Interpretive Native/Blackfeet Bus Tour Concessioner of Glacier National Park Montana and Blackfeet Country Montana.
Sun Tours is independently owned and operated by Ed and Toni DesRosier (A Blackfeet Tribal Chartered Business). Now living in St Mary, Montana, Ed and his wife Toni are enrolled members of the Blackfeet and Assiniboine Sioux Tribes.
Sun Tours became a reality in 1992, with the vision of success and sharing knowledge of this fascinating place. It has been Sun Tours’ Mission to educate and inspire all to a higher respect, appreciation, and understanding of the Blackfeet world.
Ed approached the Glacier National Park to explore the inclusion of the Native History and Cultural aspects of the Blackfeet Ancestral Home Land. At that time, the Park’s existing interpretation of Blackfeet Tribal Cultural History was vacant/minimal. As a life-time resident of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Ed envisioned Blackfeet Guides possessing extensive knowledge and all-encompassing history and experience of the landscape of Glacier National Park’s inhabited areas: Park history, animal species, common plants and roots used for nutrition and medicine; and the spiritual and philosophical perspectives/stories of the Blackfeet people.
Through Concession Reform and grass roots efforts with the entire Blackfeet Tribal Community, a new Concession Contract was awarded to SUN TOURS in 1993.
In 2005, Ed was appointed to serve on the Montana Governors Tourism Advisory Council and, again, for a second 5 year term until 2013.
As a Blackfeet Tribal Board Member, Ed has served on the Blackfeet Tribe’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department and is a current member of the East Glacier and Blackfeet Country Chamber of Commerce.
Throughout his professional career and personal work, he has traveled extensively throughout Montana and the Northwest United States networking with many Tribes and organizations, by sharing his Tourism Business experience and passion.
Ed DesRosier was recently honored as one of the Finalist for the Montana Tourism Ambassador Award 2016.
A good story on Ed DesRosier, we refer you to the book “Indian Country – God’s Country”, Philip Burnham, Island Press. There is a great article entitled “David and Goliath”.