Tribal Issues

A welcome sign for Crow Country
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio


Crow women face long wait times, drives and confidentiality concerns when it comes to receiving reproductive healthcare. That’s according to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation released Thursday.

Navajo Transitional Energy Company

Navajo Nation leaders say the Tribe won’t financially back bonds for a subsidiary energy company that recently acquired three mines in Montana and Wyoming. 

Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

The State-Tribal Relations Committee is pressing Montana’s Congressional delegation to do more to increase public input and tribal consultation on the Keystone XL pipeline. The move comes as the end of the public comment period for a recently updated environmental statement nears.

Montana State University Billings dedicated a new sweat lodge on campus November 12, 2019.
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio


Montana State University Billings announced the opening of a sweat lodge on its campus Tuesday. It’s part of the university’s effort to retain indigenous students.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office is hosting training sessions in Montana this week for indigenous communities about how to enter missing persons cases into a public database. Some people involved in the MMIP movement say that entries aren’t the problem. The database is.

Alexander Smith

 

In an earlier report we mistakenly identified the age of a recently elected Fort Peck tribal executive board member.  Alexander Smith is actually younger than 24, making his recent election to the tribal executive board a record-breaking win.

Elouise Cobell, the Blackfeet woman who spearheaded a lawsuit alleging rampant federal mismanagement of Indian trust funds, would have been 74-years-old Tuesday.

The lawsuit she championed ended with a $3.4 billion settlement, providing money for an Indian education scholarship fund and a land trust program.

The entrance to the Fort Peck Nation on highway 408 in northeastern Montana.
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Alexander Smith's age as 24. He is 20. 

The Fort Peck Tribes swore in a new Tribal government Monday. Tribal members elected five newcomers to Tribal Council while upholding the current chairman.

A statue of a miner
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Coal workers in Montana are out of a job until a Navajo-owned company and the state settle a dispute over the extent to which the Tribe is subject to state environmental law.

Shane Thomas McMillan / University of Montana School of Journalism’s Native News Project

A federal lawsuit challenging how the Federal Bureau of Investigations handled a Crow man’s death will go to trial after a decade-long fight in court.

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