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Shonda Buchanan can tell a story like no other. Her writing pulls at the thread of truth across generations with deep compassion, grace, and humor. In this conversation, she shares what it means to be Black Indian both within intimate family relations as well as in the broader cultural and historical contexts. Her work is prescient and her voice is disarming: “This is our country and we have a right to stay. We have a right to be here and we have a right to fight. . . For me, writing is fighting.”

Evening Newscast 12-11-19

13 hours ago

The Senate has confirmed a top Justice Department lawyer with ties to Montana as a federal appeals court judge, despite a “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association and sharp opposition from a home-state senator.

A University of Montana council has formally recommended the removal of a swastika-like tile arrangement on the walls of a school hall. 

Beltway Democrats and Republicans are both claiming victory over this week’s announced overhaul of the 25-year-old NAFTA trade agreement. Back home in Montana, farmers and ranchers are still sifting through the pact’s details with a fine-toothed comb. 

A legal battle over whether temporary logging roads in grizzly bear habitat are effectively being closed may put a damper on logging projects in three national forests. The case may be headed for an appeal.

Flathead County is canceling its decade old shuttle service in Glacier National Park. County officials say the Park isn’t keeping up its end of the deal as growing crowds drive up costs. 

The House Judiciary Committee is considering two articles of impeachment against President Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Watch live as the panel debates and then votes on the allegations Wednesday and Thursday.

The hearings are expected to begin at 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Wednesday and 7 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday. We can't confirm when the hearings will end. These hearings will not be broadcast on MTPR but you can listen online by choosing the Yellowstone Public Radio stream from the player at the top of our website.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes would manage the National Bison Range in exchange for concessions on water rights, according to draft legislation Montana Sen. Steve Daines is expected to introduce in Congress. 

A bill proposing to settle long disputed water rights claims between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the federal government includes a massive new bargaining chip: transferring the National Bison Range to control of the tribes. U.S. Senator Steve Daines is expected to introduce a bill to do that as early as this week.

Evening Newscast 12-10-19

Dec 10, 2019

NorthWestern Energy says it wants to acquire part of Puget Sound Energy's share of the coal-fired Colstrip Power Plant for $1.

Congress has approved legislation that would extend federal programs aimed at preserving American Indian languages and expand eligibility to more tribes. 

This week, Musician’s Spotlight features an audience with some of the Crescent City’s funkiest musical kings.  In 2010, John Floridis spoke with drummer Stanton Moore and sax and harmonica player Ben Ellman of Galactic, the jam band that’s been “holding uptown down with that funky sound” since 1994. In 2011, vocalist and baritone saxophonist Roger Lewis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band told John how the legendary group - which began in 1977 as the house band for the Dirty Dozen Social Aid and Pleasure Club - has injected r&b and modern jazz into the brass band heritage of New Orleans.   

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