Tribal Issues

Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio

A Native foods summit brought tribal leaders, advocates, and educators together in Billings Monday to talk about access to traditional indigenous foods.

Chef Mariah Gladstone stood in front of almost 250 attendees for a live cooking demonstration.

She blended together a pesto made from a wild green, Lamb’s Quarters, and a member of the audience stepped in as a taste-tester.

Sheild of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe
Little Shell Tribe / http://www.montanalittleshelltribe.org/

Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester found a new place for a bill that federally recognizes the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Last night, they placed it within the National Defense Authorization Act.

Missing Woman Jermain Austin Charlo
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Jermain Austin Charlo has been missing for exactly a year as of Sunday. But her family hopes that answers are on the way. That's because the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes recently increased their reward for information on her disapearance.

Montana’s newly formed Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force met for the first time Tuesday in Helena. The task force of tribal members and state law enforcement gathered less than a month after a bill creating and funding the group became law.

For the next year and half the group will study the disproportionate rate at which Native American women and children go missing, and the coordination among agencies in finding them.

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.

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