Tribal Issues

The tribal seal for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
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The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed the $738 billion national defense spending bill and with it, federal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

The tribal seal of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe
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The former president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe was sentenced to six months in federal prison for fraud Thursday.

Every member of The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs pictured together during the legislative hearing.
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The U.S. Senate will consider expanding access to healthcare for Native American veterans and streamline the hiring process for tribal law enforcement. That’s after two bills passed out of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Wednesday.

The Little Shell Tribal Seal, with yellow bordering and a buffalo center.
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The U.S. House passed the National Defense Authorization Act today. That means the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Montana is halfway to federal recognition. But will the tribe’s land base include Hill 57?

The tribal seal for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
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The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is poised to get federal recognition any day now. Once the must-pass defense bill clears Congress, the Montana tribe will receive a land base and be eligible for federal funds after a generations-long struggle.

A bill proposing to settle long disputed water rights claims between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the federal government includes a massive new bargaining chip: transferring the National Bison Range to control of the tribes. U.S. Senator Steve Daines is expected to introduce a bill to do that as early as this week.

President Trump and Crow Chariman AJ Not Afraid shake hands during their meeting on November 26.
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President Donald Trump formed a task force to address missing and murdered indigenous people last month. 

Montana Senator Steve Daines and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes announced Thursday that they have come to a new agreement that would settle thousands of the tribes’ water rights claims.

Daines says he will introduce legislation next week that, if approved by Congress, will bring more than a decade of negotiation over the tribes’ water rights to an end. Daines was not available for an interview, but provided this recorded comment.

A photo of the Keystone Pipeline taken by a Flickr user in 2008.
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A new report says the Keystone XL pipeline would exacerbate the problem of missing and murdered indigenous women in Montana and other Northern Plains states in the project’s proposed path.

A welcome sign for Crow Country.
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As Attorney General William Barr visited Montana to unveil his plan to address the crisis of missing people in Indian Country, a tribe across the state has declared an emergency over what they say is a lack of policing on their reservation.

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