Tribal Issues

Francine Amyotte waits for volunteer searchers to come in at a makeshift command center based in the old Crow casino Apsaalooke Nights on Jan. 17, 2020.
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

The body of a 16-year-old Crow girl missing since New Years Day has been found near where she disappeared at an Interstate-90 rest area outside of Billings.

Posters with handwritten names and the message "Hope for Sal" blow in the wind at the rest stop where Selena Not Afraid was last seen.
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

Multiple agencies are continuing to search for a missing girl from south-central Montana through frigid weather.

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

A Native American tribe in Montana has planned a celebration after recently gaining federal recognition.

FBI Joins Search For Missing Hardin Girl

Jan 8, 2020
A selfie of Selena Shelley Faye Not Afraid with physical descriptions written next to it.
Federal Bureau of Investigation

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the search for a missing girl from south-central Montana.

A statue of a miner
Phil Guest / Flickr CC BY 2.0

Montana officials say a Navajo Nation company may continue operating a coal mine for two more months amid negotiations over the terms of a state permit.

Glacier County is no longer transferring patients from the U.S. Indian Health Service’s Browning facility to other hospitals. The county is now suing the IHS, saying the federal agency owes over $1.8 million for ambulance rides dating back to 2014. IHS says it can’t verify the county’s claim.

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton
Corey Stapleton


Montana’s Secretary of State is facing heat online for writing a newsletter that compares the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to U.S.-tribal relations.

A child and mother exiting a nursing home with a bright blue sign that reads, "Awe Kualawaache"
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

The Crow Nation has reissued its monthly elder checks after banks declined to cash the first ones. The tribe says a clerical error caused the mishap that inconvenienced elders right before the holidays.

A woman uses chalk to write the words "No more missing women".words 'No more missing sisters' at Vancouvers Womens Memorial March
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Montana’s Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force is extending the deadline for tribal colleges to apply for a grant to start a missing persons database. That’s after no one applied the first time around.

A man walking into a red building with lettering in the top right-hand corner, "Legislative Branch of the Apsaalooke Nation."
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

The Crow Legislature had a vote that had tribal members on the edge of their seats last week. They were voting to decide who was going to manage the tribe’s multimillion dollar accounts that resulted from a federal water rights settlement: First Interstate Bank in Billings or a financial advisor from New York City?