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Blackfeet Nation citizens approve historic water rights settlementFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation citizens approve historic water rights settlement (April 21, 2017)
The agreement confirms and quantifies the tribe's water rights in Montana and authorizes $471 million in investments on the reservation.
Blackfeet Nation asks citizens to approve water rights compactFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation asks citizens to approve water rights compact (April 5, 2017)
The state of Montana and Congress already ratified the deal. Now it's up to tribal voters.
Blackfeet Nation students enjoy surprise visit by Michelle ObamaFiled Under: Education | National
Blackfeet Nation students enjoy surprise visit by Michelle Obama (March 29, 2017)
The nine students from Browning High School in Montana spent a week in the nation's capital as part of cultural exchange.
Interior Department cancels final leases on sacred Blackfeet Nation landFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Interior Department cancels final leases on sacred Blackfeet Nation land (January 10, 2017)
The Badger-Two Medicine Area is now completely protected from oil and gas drilling.
Republican lawmaker with a better tribal record tapped for Interior SecretaryFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Republican lawmaker with a better tribal record tapped for Interior Secretary (December 15, 2016)
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) has supported tribes on water rights, federal recognition, sovereignty and other matters.
Song from Elouise Cobell documentary on shortlist for Oscar nodFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National
Song from Elouise Cobell documentary on shortlist for Oscar nod (December 14, 2016)
The critically-acclaimed documentary about the late Elouise Cobell is garnering more notice.
National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian CountryFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics | Trust
National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian Country (December 13, 2016)
The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act includes one repatriation provision, two major infrastructure packages, three land-into-trust acquisitions and four water settlements.
Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in CongressFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in Congress (December 13, 2016)
Tribes have been having trouble getting water settlements through Congress but those hurdles posed no problems for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation.
Michael Dax: Blackfeet Nation scores victory in sacred land fightFiled Under: Business | Environment | National | Politics
Michael Dax: Blackfeet Nation scores victory in sacred land fight (December 12, 2016)
After 35 years of fighting for the cancellation of nearly 50 oil and gas leases, Montana’s Blackfeet tribe scored an unexpected victory when Devon Energy voluntarily backed out of their claims.
USDA awards first $10M loan to help consolidate Indian land baseFiled Under: National | Trust
USDA awards first $10M loan to help consolidate Indian land base (December 6, 2016)
The Native American Community Development Corporation Financial Services will act as an intermediary to help individual Indians purchase fractional land interests.
Blackfeet Nation landowners see more than $273M in land offersFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National
Blackfeet Nation landowners see more than $273M in land offers (November 28, 2016)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations finally comes to the reservation where the late Elouise Cobell launched her landmark trust fund lawsuit.
Editorial: Keep oil and gas drillers away from sacred Blackfeet Nation landsFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Editorial: Keep oil and gas drillers away from sacred Blackfeet Nation lands (November 22, 2016)
'With Blackfeet leaders in ceremonial headdress, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell canceled 15 energy exploration leases in the Badger-Two Medicine Area.'
Sacred land protection efforts face questions with Donald TrumpFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Sacred land protection efforts face questions with Donald Trump (November 18, 2016)
Drilling on sacred Blackfeet Nation land in Montana and protections for Bears Ears in Utah are at stake.
Blackfeet Nation scores victories on sacred sites and water rightsFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation scores victories on sacred sites and water rights (November 17, 2016)
It's turning out to be a banner week for the Montana tribe despite uncertainty in the political climate.
Blackfeet Nation water deal on agenda as Congress returns to workFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation water deal on agenda as Congress returns to work (November 15, 2016)
Lawmakers are back in Washington, D.C., after an extended election break and time is running out for Indian Country to advance its agenda.
Energy firm still seeking to drill on sacred Blackfeet Nation landFiled Under: Environment | Law
Energy firm still seeking to drill on sacred Blackfeet Nation land (October 5, 2016)
The Obama administration canceled a lease in an area next to the Montana tribe's reservation.
Oklahoma lawmakers push for approval of tribal water rights dealFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Oklahoma lawmakers push for approval of tribal water rights deal (September 29, 2016)
A settlement for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation is close to becoming law even though it has never been put to a hearing.
Senate passes water bill but fails to include #NoDAPL amendmentFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Senate passes water bill but fails to include #NoDAPL amendment (September 15, 2016)
The Water Resources Development Act includes a slew of pro-tribal provisions but doesn't address the current crisis at Standing Rock.
Investigation by Stephanie Woodard: Theft from Indian landownersFiled Under: Law | National | Trust
Investigation by Stephanie Woodard: Theft from Indian landowners (September 7, 2016)
It's easy for some developers to exploit Indian landowners due to lack of oversight by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Mark Trahant: Congressional candidates debate on Fort Peck Nation in MontanaFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Congressional candidates debate on Fort Peck Nation in Montana (August 30, 2016)
We need politicians to answer questions (even with short answers) in every congressional district with tribal communities.
Blackfeet Nation membership criteria still a matter of huge debateFiled Under: National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation membership criteria still a matter of huge debate (August 19, 2016)
The proposed constitution does not address enrollment at all but critics are worried about potential changes down the line.
Blackfeet Nation swears in leaders and looks to a new futureFiled Under: National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation swears in leaders and looks to a new future (July 22, 2016)
The tribal council in its current form would no longer exist under a new constitution that's being considered on the Montana reservation.
Blackfeet Nation sees lower teacher turnover due to local talentFiled Under: Education | National
Blackfeet Nation sees lower teacher turnover due to local talent (June 7, 2016)
Some 63 percent of the teachers in a school district on the reservation identify as Blackfeet.
Former council member for Blackfeet Nation plans to plead guiltyFiled Under: Law | Politics
Former council member for Blackfeet Nation plans to plead guilty (June 6, 2016)
Cheryl Little Dog is admitting that she harbored a fugitive in her home on the reservation and lied to federal agents about his whereabouts.
Blackfeet citizens want to join lawsuit over lease at sacred siteFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Blackfeet citizens want to join lawsuit over lease at sacred site (May 12, 2016)
The Montana tribe celebrated when the Interior Department canceled an energy lease in the Badger-Two Medicine Area but litigation is still pending in federal court.
Elouise Cobell being considered for Presidential Medal of FreedomFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National | Politics
Elouise Cobell being considered for Presidential Medal of Freedom (May 5, 2016)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) is pushing President Barack Obama to award the medal to the Blackfeet Nation woman who was the lead plaintiff in the landmark Indian trust fund lawsuit.
Blackfeet Nation to see $107M from Cobell land buy-back programFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National
Blackfeet Nation to see $107M from Cobell land buy-back program (May 4, 2016)
Chairman Harry Barnes signed a cooperative agreement with the Interior Department to help facilitate purchases of fractionated interests from willing individual Indian landowners.
Blackfeet Nation welcomes Interior Secretary Jewell to homelandFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National
Blackfeet Nation welcomes Interior Secretary Jewell to homeland (May 2, 2016)
Chairman Harry Barnes will help announce a milestone for the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Blackfeet Nation welcomes bison from Canada with unique treatyFiled Under: First Nations in Canada | Education | National
Blackfeet Nation welcomes bison from Canada with unique treaty (March 28, 2016)
The Blackfeet Nation is putting the Northern Tribes Buffalo treaty into action.
Scott Parker: Book exposes massacre of Blackfeet village in 1870 Filed Under: Arts & Entertainment
Scott Parker: Book exposes massacre of Blackfeet village in 1870 (March 25, 2016)
On the subzero morning of Jan. 23, 1870, Major Eugene Baker led his troops into a Piegan village on the Marias River.
Blackfeet Nation wants all energy leases canceled at sacred siteFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Blackfeet Nation wants all energy leases canceled at sacred site (March 18, 2016)
The battle to protect the Badger-Two Medicine Area in Montana isn't over as 17 oil and gas leases remain.
DOI cancels lease on sacred Blackfeet Nation lands in MontanaFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
DOI cancels lease on sacred Blackfeet Nation lands in Montana (March 17, 2016)
The decision came after a federal judge ordered the Obama administration to take action withing 24 hours of a court hearing.
Former Blackfeet Nation council member indicted in federal courtFiled Under: Law
Former Blackfeet Nation council member indicted in federal court (March 9, 2016)
Cheryl Little Dog is accused of harboring a fugitive in her home on the reservation and lying to federal agents about his whereabouts.
Montana counties to open satellite voting offices on reservationsFiled Under: Law | Politics
Montana counties to open satellite voting offices on reservations (February 26, 2016)
Four counties have agreed to establish satellite voting offices on reservations this year and more are in discussions with tribes ahead of the primary and general elections.
Blackfeet Nation citizens still talking about constitutional reformsFiled Under: Politics
Blackfeet Nation citizens still talking about constitutional reforms (February 10, 2016)
The Montana tribe first adopted the constitution in 1935, a year after the Indian Reorganization Act became law.
Blackfeet Nation welcomes movement on water rights settlementFiled Under: Environment | Politics
Blackfeet Nation welcomes movement on water rights settlement (February 5, 2016)
Chairman Harry Barnes said action in the House will prove more difficult due to policies adopted by the Republican leadership.
Wounded Warriors Family Support reaches out to tribal veteransFiled Under: National
Wounded Warriors Family Support reaches out to tribal veterans (February 3, 2016)
Seven tribes have received vehicles to help veterans who need transportation and transition assistance on their reservations.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes two water bills at meetingFiled Under: Environment | Law | Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes two water bills at meeting (February 3, 2016)
The business meeting marked the first time that the committee has advanced a tribal water settlement in five years
Blackfeet Nation asks county to establish satellite voting officeFiled Under: Law | Politics
Blackfeet Nation asks county to establish satellite voting office (January 28, 2016)
An office in Heart Butte would save residents from making a two-hour round trip to the Pondera county seat.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee reschedules business meetingFiled Under: Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee reschedules business meeting (January 25, 2016)
Lawmakers will consider bills to settle the water rights of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in California.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules business meeting for two water rights billsFiled Under: Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules business meeting for two water rights bills (January 22, 2016)
The water rights of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in California are on the agenda.
Lakota Country Times: Blackfeet Nation wins ruling for sacred siteFiled Under: Environment | National
Lakota Country Times: Blackfeet Nation wins ruling for sacred site (December 8, 2015)
Senator John Tester joined activists in celebration of the Department of Interior’s recent decision to cancel an oil and gas lease in an area of Glacier National Park that is held sacred to the Blackfeet Nation.
Senate committee delays action on Blackfeet Nation water rightsFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Senate committee delays action on Blackfeet Nation water rights (December 2, 2015)
Lawmakers hope to bring the bill back in January 2016 after addressing some concerns about the settlement.
Senate committee to take up land-into-trust reform legislationFiled Under: Law | Politics | Trust
Senate committee to take up land-into-trust reform legislation (December 1, 2015)
S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, and S.1125, the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act, are on the agenda.
Blackfeet Nation wins ruling against development at sacred siteFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Blackfeet Nation wins ruling against development at sacred site (November 23, 2015)
The Obama administration is ready to cancel a lease in the sacred Badger-Two Medicine Area in a matter of weeks, rather than months as previously expected.
Blackfeet Nation council member ousted for harboring fugitiveFiled Under: Law | Politics
Blackfeet Nation council member ousted for harboring fugitive (November 20, 2015)
Cheryl Little Dog was accused of allowing a man who is facing sexual abuse charges to hide in her home on the reservation.
Mary Pember: Wind saves Blackfeet community from big blazeFiled Under: Environment
Mary Pember: Wind saves Blackfeet community from big blaze (November 9, 2015)
The August 28 fire originated in the Lewis and Clark National Forest and was referred to as the Spotted Eagle fire.
Denise Juneau to seek Democratic nomination for CongressFiled Under: National | Politics
Denise Juneau to seek Democratic nomination for Congress (November 4, 2015)
If elected in 2016, Denise Juneau would be the first Native American woman to serve on Capitol Hill.
Blackfeet Nation gears up for action on drilling at sacred siteFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation gears up for action on drilling at sacred site (November 3, 2015)
The tribe is cheering Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for opposing development in the Badger-Two Medicine Area but the battle isn't over yet.
Opinion: Sacred site designation in Montana kept from publicFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Opinion: Sacred site designation in Montana kept from public (October 29, 2015)
Stripping a man, who’s followed every letter of the law for more than thirty years, of his legal rights, that is an intolerable assault.
HUD awards $12.4M in grants to address mold in tribal housingFiled Under: Environment | Health | National
HUD awards $12.4M in grants to address mold in tribal housing (September 22, 2015)
The Blackfeet Nation of Montana, whose members have been fighting mold for decades, received $800,000 from the program.
Blackfeet Nation aims to banish drug dealers from reservationFiled Under: Law | National
Blackfeet Nation aims to banish drug dealers from reservation (September 14, 2015)
Chairman Harry Barnes said the federal government has failed to prosecute all drug trafficking cases.
Gabriel Galanda: Banish drug dealers but don't disenroll themFiled Under: Law
Gabriel Galanda: Banish drug dealers but don't disenroll them (September 8, 2015)
Even the most horrid drug dealers in non-tribal society are not divested of their American citizenship and identity when convicted for drug dealing.
Robert DesRosier: First responder network needs input from tribesFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Robert DesRosier: First responder network needs input from tribes (September 4, 2015)
The FirstNet network will improve citizen safety and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency response through cutting edge broadband communications.
Blackfeet Nation states opposition to drilling on sacred landFiled Under: Environment | Law
Blackfeet Nation states opposition to drilling on sacred land (September 3, 2015)
Everyone but one person spoke out against energy development in the Badger-Two Medicine Area in Montana.
Jennifer Fielder: Tribes struggling to break free from bondageFiled Under: Opinion
Jennifer Fielder: Tribes struggling to break free from bondage (September 1, 2015)
After 100 years, the Indian nations are still struggling to rise above the devastating effects of a federal government that didn’t know best.
Obama promises long-overdue action on drilling on sacred landFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Obama promises long-overdue action on drilling on sacred land (August 19, 2015)
Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation and their supporters oppose energy development in the Badger-Two Medicine Area of Montana.
Native Sun News: Tribes slam grizzly bear policy as genocideFiled Under: First Nations in Canada | Environment | National
Native Sun News: Tribes slam grizzly bear policy as genocide (August 18, 2015)
Leaders of the Blackfoot Confederacy are mounting a vigorous challenge to the US government’s proposed removal of Endangered Species Act protections from the grizzly bear.
Judge upset with delay in drilling dispute affecting sacred landFiled Under: Environment | Law
Judge upset with delay in drilling dispute affecting sacred land (July 29, 2015)
An energy company has been waiting more than 30 years to start development in an area sacred to the Blackfeet Nation of Montana.
Bill shields tribes from Affordable Care Act employer mandateFiled Under: Business | Law | National | Politics
Bill shields tribes from Affordable Care Act employer mandate (July 15, 2015)
Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) and Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) introduced the Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act to exempt tribes from large fines.

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