Tribal Issues

A woman uses chalk to write the words 'No more missing sisters' at Vancouvers Womens Memorial March
Jen Castro / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

July is the second month in a row that two federal agencies have failed to provide input on five bills that address missing and murdered indigenous people, effectively stalling the bills.

Advocates say peoples’ lives hang in the balance.

The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Interior were supposed to submit guidance in June on a series of bills that include Savanna’s Act, which would increase coordination between tribal, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The Great Seal of the Chippewa Cree Tribe
http://www.chippewacree-nsn.gov / Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy Reservation

The Chippewa Cree Nation is considering a change in its constitution that would ease the amendment process.

Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio


For the first time in thirty years, the U.S. Forest Service is updating its management plan for the Custer-Gallatin National Forest. It’ll determine where you can mountain bike, build new trails and harvest timber, among other things.

Legal Gavel
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Indigenous people from across Montana gathered in a Helena courtroom today to hear oral arguments about how the FBI handled a Crow man’s murder.

Shaneformontana.com

This Sunday, State Representative Shane Morigeau (D-Missoula) entered the race to become Montana’s State Auditor. Affordable healthcare is at the forefront of his platform.

Three bison walk through sagebrush in front of snowcapped mountains.
Jacob Byk / National Wildlife Federation


Five bison from Montana’s Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes arrived on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming Wednesday night. The exchange is part of an effort to restore bison populations across Indian Country.

exterior of the Urban Indian Health and Wellness Center
Jess Sheldahl / Yellowstone Public Radio


The Billings Urban Indian Health and Wellness Center hosted a health fair and open house Thursday to celebrate the opening of their new chemical dependency program.

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


Montana’s Little Shell Tribe is closer than it’s ever been to becoming recognized by the federal government following a vote in the U.S. Senate Thursday.

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 Tribal
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.

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