Tribal Issues

Alexander Smith

 

In an earlier report we mistakenly identified the age of a recently elected Fort Peck tribal executive board member.  Alexander Smith is actually younger than 24, making his recent election to the tribal executive board a record-breaking win.

Elouise Cobell, the Blackfeet woman who spearheaded a lawsuit alleging rampant federal mismanagement of Indian trust funds, would have been 74-years-old Tuesday.

The lawsuit she championed ended with a $3.4 billion settlement, providing money for an Indian education scholarship fund and a land trust program.

The entrance to the Fort Peck Nation on highway 408 in northeastern Montana.
Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Alexander Smith's age as 24. He is 20. 

The Fort Peck Tribes swore in a new Tribal government Monday. Tribal members elected five newcomers to Tribal Council while upholding the current chairman.

A statue of a miner
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Coal workers in Montana are out of a job until a Navajo-owned company and the state settle a dispute over the extent to which the Tribe is subject to state environmental law.

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

A federal lawsuit challenging how the Federal Bureau of Investigations handled a Crow man’s death will go to trial after a decade-long fight in court.

Olivia Reingold / Yellowstone Public Radio

The U.S. Department of Justice announced it’s awarding four tribal governments in Montana a collective $2.9 million to improve public safety efforts.

A screenshot from the controversial pep rally video
KHQ.com

After a video that some say depicts Native Americans in a reductive light was shown at a pep rally at a northern Montana high school a few weeks ago, two school districts are grappling with which matters more: intent or interpretation?

U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

A Fort Belknap council member briefed the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Wednesday about roadblocks to homeownership.

Montana still officially celebrates October 14 as Columbus Day, but a handful of cities here have replaced it with Indigenous Peoples Day.

Some local leaders refuse to recognize a day that they say glorifies colonization and mistreatment of Native Americans. Missoula is one of those cities.

A screenshot from the controversial pep rally video
KHQ.com

A Montana high school is investigating a video that has offended some community members for its depiction of Native Americans.

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