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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Reno Charette sits with grandsons Fox and Phoenix.
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A prominent Native American leader left her post at Montana State University Billings on July 12. She says she was demoted for bringing awareness to missing and murdered indigenous people.

The Seal of the Fort Belknap Reservation
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The tribes on the Fort Belknap Reservation declared a state of emergency last Thursday over what the tribal president says is a suicide crisis.

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The federal Indian Health Service has failed to meet its own standards for prescribing opioids. That’s the takeaway from a federal audit released last week, by the inspector general of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.

Woman uses chalk to write the words 'No more missing sisters' at Vancouvers Womens Memorial March
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July is the second month in a row that two federal agencies have failed to provide input on five bills that address missing and murdered indigenous people, effectively stalling the bills.

Advocates say peoples’ lives hang in the balance.

The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Interior were supposed to submit guidance in June on a series of bills that include Savanna’s Act, which would increase coordination between tribal, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The Great Seal of the Chippewa Cree Tribe
http://www.chippewacree-nsn.gov / Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy Reservation

The Chippewa Cree Nation is considering a change in its constitution that would ease the amendment process.

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A screenshot of a Twitter post from Montana Senator Steve Daines
Twitter Screen Capture, July 16, 2019

A tweet from Montana's Republican Sen. Steve Daines supporting President Trump's racist tweets about four members of Congress has gone viral.

Running Water Fountain
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The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services held a public hearing Thursday in Helena on a new rule that would require all public schools to test water fixtures for lead.

Bighornvalley.org

For the first time ever, federal Farm Bill grants for medicine are being aimed at treating opiod addiction. $188 thousand for that is heading to the Bighorn Valley Health Center in Southeast Montana.

Headshots of Matt Rains and Tim Johnson
Courtesy Rains for Montana Campaign and Corvallis School District

The total number of candidates running for Montana’s open U.S. House seat jumped to seven today. That’s after Simms Democrat Matt Rains and Corvallis Republican Tim Johnson announced their candidacies.

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