Tribal Issues

A woman in a red t-shirt stands holding a poster in front of a crowd seated at desks in a college classroom setting.
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The Montana Missing Idigenous Persons Task Force hosted a public meeting in Billings Feb. 6. Some community members pressed for Native people to form a task force of their own.

Federal prosecutors say the former executive director of a nonprofit working to bolster domestic violence services for Native women in Montana was a part of a scheme to steal federal grant money.

U.S. Attorney’s office charged the former executive director of the Montana Native Women’s Coalition Sheryl Lawrence Thursday.

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A new federal task force formed to address high rates of missing and murdered indigenous people met in Washington, D.C. for the first time Jan. 29.

A recent Montana case highlights its limitations.

 

An assistant basketball coach on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in northcentral Montana has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor.

People gather around candles and a picture of Selena Not Afraid at a nighttime vigil.
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The sheriff leading an investigation into a 16-year-old Crow girl’s disappearance and death has requested assistance from the state Division of Criminal Investigation.

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This weekend, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians celebrated something generations have fought for and that 400 other U.S. tribes are without: federal recognition.

Eight people surrounding a candle-light vigil
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More than 1,000 people attended the funeral for a 16-year-old girl who died of hypothermia after reportedly walking away from an Interstate 90 rest stop on New Year's Day.

Three Blackfeet Nation members have filed a civil lawsuit arguing the Indian Health Service violated their treaty rights when it allegedly failed to prevent a former IHS doctor from abusing them. 

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

People gather around candles and a picture of Selena Not Afraid at a nighttime vigil.
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

Update Jan. 23, 2020:  A preliminary autopsy report released Thursday says Selena Not Afraid died of hypothermia. Montana's chief medical examiner at the state crime lab in Billings also found there were no wounds, broken bones or other signs of violence on her body. A toxicology report has not yet been completed and could take several weeks. The following story was published before the autopsy report was released.

Law enforcement and family members are clashing over what they say killed a 16-year-old Crow girl, who was found dead near an Interstate-90 rest stop earlier this week.

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