Fort Belknap Indian Community

A sign reads "We welcome all races, all religions, all countries of origin, all sexual orientations, all genders. We stand with you. You are safe here."
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Organizers in Bozeman are calling for more support for Black students at Montana’s largest university and for businesses to commit to anti-racist policies. One organization is gearing up to offer workshops on understanding race.

Returning To Roots, Indian Health Service Seeks Traditional Healers

May 26, 2020
Students applying moisture to soil in a greenhouse.
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Cheryl Morales started the medicinal garden at the Aaniiih Nakoda College demonstration farm with only four plants: yarrow, echinacea, plantain and licorice root.

After 10 years, the campus garden within the Fort Belknap reservation in northern Montana now holds more than 60 species that take up almost 30,000 square feet. Morales adds new plants annually. This year, she is testing Oregon grape root and breadroot.

Piece of the collapsed structure
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Part of a Montana Hi-Line water system collapsed over the weekend and any delay in its repair will affect water usage by tribes, municipalities and irrigators.

Dale Sexton on a bike ride with his two daughters in Livingston, Montana.
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As Montana wraps up its first week of the phased reopening plan, families across the state are feeling a whole spectrum of emotions as main street businesses unlock their doors and people leave their homes.

COVID-19 test kit.
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Native American tribes are taking varied approaches to Gov. Steve Bullock’s announcement Wednesday that Montana will lift the statewide stay at home order.

Some plan to align local restrictions with the state, while others will forge their own path.

A federal judge in Montana Thursday heard arguments but made no ruling on tribes’ suit to halt construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The hearing was part of an ongoing lawsuit the Fort Belknap Indian community in Montana and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota brought against developer TC Energy and President Donald Trump.

A photo of Prairiedawn Thunderchild, Tahnee Thunderchild, Lance Fourstar, Catherine Bear, Delberta Eagleman, Angeline Cheek, Vermae Taylor and Cheyenne Foote taken Apr. 14, 2020.
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 Updated 04/15/20, 6:10 p.m.

A federal judge Thursday will consider tribes’ request to put a hold on oil pipeline construction in northeastern Montana in light of coronavirus concerns.

Tribal members gathered this week in Phillips County to protest the ongoing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

A welcome sign for Crow Country.
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Montana’s tribal nations say their first responders and medical professionals are short on equipment needed to protect health care workers from the coronavirus.

A close-up of industrial hemp,  July 16, 2013.
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The Montana Department of Agriculture received the green light late last week on its hemp plan after outlining how it would meet stricter federal regulations, including testing and sampling. Some farmers may experience more stringent regulations in 2021.

Fort Belknap tribal seal
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The Montana Department of Commerce has awarded $700,000 in grants across eight tribal governments for tribal language revitalization efforts. 

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