Tribal Issues

Members of Montana's Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force met for their second meeting in Great Falls August 10.
Tim Fox via Twitter


Montana’s Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force met for the second time in Great Falls, Montana this weekend. The task force focused on the management of databases to find people and overlaps and gaps in jurisdictions for who is spearheading the search.

Shane Thomas McMillan / University of Montana School of Journalism’s Native News Project


A federal lawsuit about how the FBI handled a Crow man’s murder will be tried by a judge, not jury.

Tracy Spang / Bureau of Indian Affairs Forestry and Wildland Fire Management in Crow Agency


Crow firefighters contained their fifth dumpster fire of the season today in Pryor. It’s part of a trend following the discontinuation of county trash pick-up.

Michael Lusk / Flickr


A bison in the Fort Peck Tribes’ quarantine program died last week. The bull was one of five that were set to join Fort Peck’s burgeoning bison herd this fall.

Headshot of Davalena Buckman-Kelley
Starr Sapphire / Facebook

An 18-year-old girl from the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation was declared missing Tuesday.

Davalena Buckman-Kelly, who has developmental disabilities, was last seen in Beach, North Dakota around 3 or 4 P.M. Tuesday.

Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio


Fire managers on the Crow Reservation are calling back crews this week, in anticipation of rising fire potential.

Reno Charette sits with grandsons Fox and Phoenix.
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

A prominent Native American leader left her post at Montana State University Billings on July 12. She says she was demoted for bringing awareness to missing and murdered indigenous people.

The Seal of the Fort Belknap Reservation
Josh Burnham / Yellowstone Public Radio


The tribes on the Fort Belknap Reservation declared a state of emergency last Thursday over what the tribal president says is a suicide crisis.

IHS seal
IHS / Wikimedia Commons


The federal Indian Health Service has failed to meet its own standards for prescribing opioids. That’s the takeaway from a federal audit released last week, by the inspector general of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.

In January, former Indian Health Service Doctor Stanley Weber was sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexually abusing boys on the Blackfeet reservation. The IHS has instituted new policies to try to prevent similar abuse in the future, but at least one expert is skeptical of the agency’s actions.

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