Returning To Roots, Indian Health Service Seeks Traditional Healers

May 26, 2020
Students applying moisture to soil in a greenhouse.
Skylar Rispen / Native News

Cheryl Morales started the medicinal garden at the Aaniiih Nakoda College demonstration farm with only four plants: yarrow, echinacea, plantain and licorice root.

After 10 years, the campus garden within the Fort Belknap reservation in northern Montana now holds more than 60 species that take up almost 30,000 square feet. Morales adds new plants annually. This year, she is testing Oregon grape root and breadroot.

Wyoming Coronavirus and COVID-19 News

May 14, 2020
The Wyoming state capitol building
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Find the latest news about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 in Wyoming here. This post will be updated daily, with newer information at the top.

You can find information specific to Wyoming from the Wyoming Department of Health, as well as updates from the CDC and tips for preventing and dealing with COVID-19.

Mail ballots for Montana's June 2 primary go out this Friday. This weekend, Democrats and Republicans vying for Montana's governor's seat faced off in a virtual debate hosted by the Montana Broadcasters Association. Corin Cates-Carney, with the help of Nicky Ouellet, recap the gubernatorial debate.

The Ellen Theater in Bozeman.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Monday marked the reopening of restaurants, bars and casinos in Montana after a month and a half of mandated closures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. In downtown Bozeman, some eateries are opening at half capacity and with new social distancing guidelines.

The class of 2020’s final weeks of school are bound to be memorable amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, though not for all the usual reasons. Some Bozeman Field School students shared their experiences as seniors graduating during a pandemic.

Montana’s June 2 primary election is less than a month off, and candidates are busy carving out positions, and campaigning as best they can during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of them participated in last Thursday's online forum discussing what health care providers say is the state’s rapidly deteriorating behavioral health system.

An "Open" sign for a business.
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Under phase one of Montana’s reopening plan, restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries and casinos can open their doors Monday. Counties across the state are taking varying approaches in what’s required for businesses.

Public comments on how the relief funds should be distributed throughout the state.
Montana Department of Commerce

A council of city, county and business leaders appointed by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is recommending the state allocate its $1.25 billion in federal relief money into three categories of state and local governments, economic assistance and unforeseen impacts.

Gubernatorial debates get testy as the primary gets closer. The race for attorney general features four experienced candidates. House Republican candidate Matt Rosendale emphasizes familiar themes in a new campaign ad. Democrat Kathleen Williams is the fundraising leader in the House race. And how former Congressman Ron Marlenee left a lasting mark on Montana's Republican politics

Listen now on Campaign Beat, with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has set a goal for the state to conduct 60,000 COVID-19 tests per month, though sourcing the materials needed to conduct the test remains a challenge.

Bullock says starting next week the state will begin testing all willing residents and employees at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The governor says the state will also increase testing in tribal communities.