Native American

Maddie Alpert / Yellowstone Public Radio

NPR’s recent Student Podcast Challenge received entries from 25,000 students across the country. That includes a group of fifth graders from Crow Agency in southeast Montana.

NPR announced its student podcast finalists earlier this month, and while the Crow Agency students didn’t win, NPR host Rachel Martin gave their submission a nod in a segment about standout entries.

Reno Charette / Native American Achievement Center


More than 300 people took part in the first Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women’s march in Billings on Friday.

Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Montana State University will host a public ground blessing ceremony for the new American Indian Hall in Bozeman this Friday. Walter Fleming, Department Head and Professor of Native American Studies, says the new hall will be something of a homecoming.

Kayla Desroches / YPR

Roughly 70 people gathered in Lame Deer Wednesday on what would’ve been Henny Scott’s fifteenth birthday.

Scott’s body was found late last month near her community on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in southeastern Montana. She is one of many indigenous women and girls who have gone missing across North America in recent years.

Kayla Desroches / YPR

Native Americans in the Billings-area now can use a clinic tailored to their needs. The Billings Urban Indian Health and Wellness Clinic fills the void after the abrubt closure of a clinic 18 months ago by the Indian Health Board of Billings.

Former State Representative Paulette Jordan has won the Democratic primary in Idaho’s gubernatorial race. If Jordan wins in November, she’d become the first woman governor of Idaho and the first Native American governor in the country.


A record number of Native Americans are running for political office this year nationally and in the Mountain West.

Two Native Americans were pulled out of a college tour this week when a parent told campus police the young men were making her nervous.

Jackie Yamanaka

A Montana civil rights panel wants to learn more about alleged discrimination that affects Native Americans when it comes to the criminal justice system and interactions with law enforcement. Billings Police Chief Rich St. John says he looks forward to discussing this issue in Montana’s largest community Thursday in Hardin.

Resounds: MSU Billings Powwow, Marita Growing Thunder

Mar 26, 2018
Anna Paige

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the MSU Billings Powwow, one of the biggest student-led American Indian events in the Northwest. All Montana’s tribal nations, as well as Native American nations from Wyoming, North Dakota, and Canada will take part.

Students, faculty, and staff join together to help put on this event, and Reno Charette, Director of the Native American Achievement Center at MSU Billings, Brennon Chesarek, intern at the Center, and Ashler Bearcrane, MSUB Intertribal Indian Club President joined YPR in the studio to discuss this annual tradition, which takes place this year on April 6th and 7th on the campus of Montana State University Billings.

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