Reno Charette

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.

56 Counties: Reno Charette, John Robinson

Jul 1, 2019

Fifty Six Counties is a radio program hosted by Russell Rowland, author of the book Fifty-Six Counties: A Montana Journey. For the book, Rowland traveled to every county in Montana and interviewed the people there about what’s going on around the state, while also researching the history to find the parallels and patterns. 

The radio program is an extension of this conversation, with Rowland interviewing people from all over Montana to find out how Montana has shaped them, and what they’re doing to shape Montana. For the preimere episode, Russell chose two people from Rosebud County: Reno Charette, Director of the Native American Achievement Center at MSU Billings, and John Robinson, who recently retired as the Northern Cheyenne tribal judge.


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Community organizers of the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls movement in Billings are trying to shift the focus to include men and boys.

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Zonta Club of Billings

Domestic violence, legal rights of victims, homeless youth and missing and murdered indigenous women are real problems in our community. A group in Billings thinks a way to raise awareness and develop solutions is to talk openly about them.

For the next six weeks at the Montana State University Billings Library will host a lecture series “What’s Cooking: Exploring American Food Culture, Politics and History.”

It will feature faculty and staff in the fields of history, science, communications and Native American Studies as well as two local authors.

Brent Roberts is the director of library services at MSUB, which is hosting the lecture series.