Olivia Reingold

Tribal Issues Correspondent

Olivia Reingold is the Tribal Issues Correspondent for Yellowstone Public Radio. She was previously a producer for Georgia Public Broadcasting and participated in the NPR program, “Next Generation Radio.” She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, where she reported on opioids and the 12-step recovery program, Narcotics Anonymous. She’s from Washington D.C. and is particularly interested in covering addiction. She likes to sew, just don’t ask her to follow a pattern.

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The tribal seal for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
Little Shell Tribe / Montana Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians


The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on Saturday will celebrate something generations have fought for and that 400 other North American tribes are without: federal recognition.

People gather around candles and a picture of Selena Not Afraid at a nighttime vigil.
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

Update Jan. 23, 2020:  A preliminary autopsy report released Thursday says Selena Not Afraid died of hypothermia. Montana's chief medical examiner at the state crime lab in Billings also found there were no wounds, broken bones or other signs of violence on her body. A toxicology report has not yet been completed and could take several weeks. The following story was published before the autopsy report was released.

Law enforcement and family members are clashing over what they say killed a 16-year-old Crow girl, who was found dead near an Interstate-90 rest stop earlier this week.

Francine Amyotte waits for volunteer searchers to come in at a makeshift command center based in the old Crow casino Apsaalooke Nights on Jan. 17, 2020.
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

The body of a 16-year-old Crow girl missing since New Years Day has been found near where she disappeared at an Interstate-90 rest area outside of Billings.

Posters with handwritten names and the message "Hope for Sal" blow in the wind at the rest stop where Selena Not Afraid was last seen.
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio


Multiple agencies are continuing to search for a missing girl from south-central Montana through frigid weather.

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton
Corey Stapleton

 

Montana’s Secretary of State is facing heat online for writing a newsletter that compares the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to U.S.-tribal relations.

A child and mother exiting a nursing home with a bright blue sign that reads, "Awe Kualawaache"
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

The Crow Nation has reissued its monthly elder checks after banks declined to cash the first ones. The tribe says a clerical error caused the mishap that inconvenienced elders right before the holidays.

A woman uses chalk to write the words "No more missing women".words 'No more missing sisters' at Vancouvers Womens Memorial March
Jen Castro / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

 

Montana’s Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force is extending the deadline for tribal colleges to apply for a grant to start a missing persons database. That’s after no one applied the first time around.

A man walking into a red building with lettering in the top right-hand corner, "Legislative Branch of the Apsaalooke Nation."
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio


The Crow Legislature had a vote that had tribal members on the edge of their seats last week. They were voting to decide who was going to manage the tribe’s multimillion dollar accounts that resulted from a federal water rights settlement: First Interstate Bank in Billings or a financial advisor from New York City?

The tribal seal of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe / Facebook

 

The former president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe was sentenced to six months in federal prison for fraud Thursday.

Every member of The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs pictured together during the legislative hearing.
U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs / U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

 

The U.S. Senate will consider expanding access to healthcare for Native American veterans and streamline the hiring process for tribal law enforcement. That’s after two bills passed out of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Wednesday.

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