Olivia Reingold

Tribal Affairs Correspondent

Olivia Reingold is the Tribal Affairs 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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A woman uses chalk to write the words "No more missing women".words 'No more missing sisters' at Vancouvers Womens Memorial March
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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
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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.
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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.

The Little Shell Tribal Seal, with yellow bordering and a buffalo center.

The U.S. House passed the National Defense Authorization Act today. That means the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Montana is halfway to federal recognition. But will the tribe’s land base include Hill 57?

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 is poised to get federal recognition any day now. Once the must-pass defense bill clears Congress, the Montana tribe will receive a land base and be eligible for federal funds after a generations-long struggle.

President Trump and Crow Chariman AJ Not Afraid shake hands during their meeting on November 26.
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President Donald Trump formed a task force to address missing and murdered indigenous people last month. 

A yellow school bus.
Shinichi Sugiyama / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

A new report says that indigenous students are disproportionately disciplined in Montana public schools.  Study authors say more support instead of discipline could lead to higher academic achievement rates.

A street wear reviewer gives Supreme's "Tribal Camo" designs a negative review on YouTube.
Jacob Starr / YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joCaPGw9_FI&t=752s)

New York street wear brand Supreme is valued at a billion dollars and worn by celebrities like Madonna and Justin Bieber.

Usually it’s the one waging copyright lawsuits against other companies that use its trademarked red logo. But now it’s the defendant in a suit brought by Montana-based ASAT Outdoors, a clothing company that specializes in hunting gear. 

The snow covered Blackfeet Indian Reservation on December 12, 2019.
Katy Kittson / Blackfeet Transit

A ground blizzard is brewing on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northern Montana. How is the tribe preparing for high winds and snow drifts?