Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Little Shell: Three Generations of Enrollment

Jul 1, 2020
Ekoo Beck looks through family photos with her grandma in Browning, Montana, 2020.
Victor Yvellez/Yellowstone Public Radio

After the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians gained federal recognition six months ago, students from the University of Montana School of Journalism talked at length with tribal members about what that means to them.

Little Shell Portraits: Iko’tsimiskimaki 'Ekoo' Beck

Jun 29, 2020
Iko’tsimiskimaki “Ekoo” Beck
Victor Yvellez/Yellowstone Public Radio

After the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians gained federal recognition six months ago, students from the University of Montana School of Journalism talked at length with tribal members about what that means to them.

In this story, reporter Victor Yvellez spoke with Iko’tsimiskimaki “Ekoo” Beck, who is in the process of disenrolling Blackfeet to join the recently recognized Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. 

Little Shell tribal members greet each other at an event.
Stephanie Maltarich/Yellowstone Public Radio

After the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians gained federal recognition six months ago, students from the University of Montana School of Journalism talked at length with tribal members about what that means to them. 

In this story, reporter Stephanie Maltarich finds Little Shell members in Missoula, Montana, who are trying to find each other through social media, genealogy and public events. 

Little Shell Nationhood Passes Six Month Mark

Jun 18, 2020
A photo of the outskirtks of Little Shell of Chippewa Indian Reservation.
University of Montana School of Journalism

Roughly six months ago, the federal government officially recognized the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians as a sovereign nation. It was national news then. But what does it mean now for the members and descendents of Little Shell? Nine students from the University of Montana School of Journalism spent a semester reporting on the impact of recognition on what has long been considered Montana’s “landless tribe.” This story is part of the student produced series, Project Little Shell.

Little Shell Portraits: John Gilbert

Jun 18, 2020
A photo of John Gilbert taken on March 22, 2020.
Evan Bartel

After the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians gained federal recognition six months ago, students from the University of Montana School of Journalism talked at length with tribal members about what that means to them. In this story, student Evan Bartel introduces former chairman of the tribe, John Gilbert.

A photo taken on September 28, 2010 of the Blackfeet Nation Tribe sign
Loco Steve / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Native American tribes in Montana are beginning to use federal funds to bolster their response to the novel coronavirus.

The Crow Tribe announced they received $25 million from the U.S. Treasury. The Little Shell Chippewa Tribe received $25 million, per Chairman Gerald Gray. According to the office of Sen. Steve Daines, the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes received over $24 million.

COVID-19 test kit.
CDC

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 press release from the Crow Tribe Executive Branch announcing an emergency declaration due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Crow Tribe Executive Branch / Twitter


Multiple tribes in Montana declared states of emergency over the weekend following the confirmation of six presumptive COVID-19 cases in the state.

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.

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

A Native American tribe in Montana has planned a celebration after recently gaining federal recognition.

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