Tribal Issues

Nadya Kwandibens / The National Inquiry

After two years in the making, the Canadian government released its National Inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous persons on Monday. The report concluded that the violence committed against indigenous communities amounts to a “race-based genocide” by the Canadian government.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox at a podium.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio


Montana Attorney General Tim Fox on Thursday announced the members of a new task force that will address missing and murdered indigenous persons throughout the state.

Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio

Northern Cheyenne tribal leadership and partners are striving to find solutions to unemployment from within the community.


Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester spoke on the U.S. Senate floor Tuesday urging his colleagues to pass a handful of federal bills aimed at addressing what’s been called a crisis of missing and murdered Native American women and girls.

Kayla Desroches / YPR

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.

Fort Belknap tribal seal
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

The U.S. Interior Department today announced it’s offering more than $27 million to landowners on the Fort Belknap Reservation in north-central Montana to consolidate tiny privately owned land shares common on reservations all over the country.

Nearly 3,000 Fort Belknap landowners can participate in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. The nearly $2 billion program is part of a 2009 settlement spearheaded by Blackfeet elder Elouise Cobell over federal mismanagement of Indian trust funds.

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.

U.S. Senator Mike Lee probably won’t get a Christmas card this year from Montana Senator Jon Tester. That's because Tester says he's, “A little frustrated with Senator Lee at this moment in time.”

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