Nicky Ouellet

News Director

Nicky Ouellet covered Montana’s Flathead Valley at MTPR for three years before heading east to lead news coverage at Yellowstone Public Radio. She earned her Master’s in environmental and natural resource journalism at the University of Montana and studied English and Russian at Oberlin College. Prior to journalism, Nicky taught high school English on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, spent a year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Belgorod, Russia, and taught toddlers to shred powder on the Magic Carpet.

Fort Belknap tribal seal
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

The U.S. Interior Department today announced it’s offering more than $27 million to landowners on the Fort Belknap Reservation in north-central Montana to consolidate tiny privately owned land shares common on reservations all over the country.

Nearly 3,000 Fort Belknap landowners can participate in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. The nearly $2 billion program is part of a 2009 settlement spearheaded by Blackfeet elder Elouise Cobell over federal mismanagement of Indian trust funds.

The U.S. Capitol building
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

Montana’s Congressional delegates are drawing a range of conclusions from the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

A border entry sign in a field
m01229 / Flickr

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is walking back its plan to limit operating hours at the Port of Raymond in northern Montana while it reassesses feedback.

Investigators with the U.S. Department of Education are in Wolf Point this week investigating claims of racial discrimination.
Wolf Point Public Schools


Federal investigators are in northeast Montana this week looking into alleged racial discrimination in public schools.

Three investigators from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ Seattle region spent Monday speaking with Wolf Point School District administrators and families.

The Montana Department of Livestock is investigating bovine tuberculosis after three diagnoses with potential connections to Montana herds.
Cattle on Weston Merrill's family ranch


  The Montana Department of Livestock is investigating three cases of bovine tuberculosis with potential connections to Montana herds.

A second Democrat has tossed her hat in the ring in the run for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat.

Former state lawmaker Kathleen Williams announced her 2020 bid today on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn in Billings.

Tom Winter headshot
Tom Winter Campaign

A state representative from Missoula announced his 2020 bid for Montana’s lone Congressional seat Tuesday.

A district judge has rescinded a water right for a water bottling plant near Kalispell.

Montana Artesian Water Company was granted a permit early last year to draw 710 acre feet of water per year by the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Several groups appealed the permit, and on Tuesday Judge Kathy Seeley ruled in their favor.

Dank Depot / Flickr

State legislators tabled a bill Thursday that would have legalized recreational marijuana.

House bill 770 would have legalized possession, use, purchase and transportation of 2 ounces of marijuana or 16 grams of extracts for people 18 years and older.


A coalition of wildlife, conservation and outdoor recreation business groups has launched an effort to find ways to fund conservation and maintenance projects on public lands.

Eric Melson says the Montana Outdoor Heritage Project is trying to hear from 10,000 Montanans on what they value about the state’s public lands and outdoor recreation, and how those values should be funded.

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