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Blackfeet Nation reaches deal to acquire assets of troubled town on reservation
Law
Blackfeet Nation reaches deal to acquire assets of troubled town on reservation (September 20, 2017)
The Blackfeet Nation has settled a long-running dispute with a troubled community on the reservation in Montana.

Tribes stage protest at Yellowstone to target place names of genocidal figures
Environment | National
Tribes stage protest at Yellowstone to target place names of genocidal figures (September 13, 2017)
Tribes in the United States and First Nations in Canada are calling for place name changes at Yellowstone National Park.

Piikani Money Campaign educates Blackfeet Nation citizens about Cobell payouts
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
Piikani Money Campaign educates Blackfeet Nation citizens about Cobell payouts (September 12, 2017)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations brought more than $156 million to the Blackfeet Nation, with additional offers anticipated as the initiative winds down.

Blackfeet Nation secures $100K federal grant to enhance border security efforts
National
Blackfeet Nation secures $100K federal grant to enhance border security efforts (September 7, 2017)
The Blackfeet Nation has secured a $100,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to assist with border protection efforts.

Secretary Zinke embraces view that some areas are 'too precious' for development

Secretary Zinke embraces view that some areas are 'too precious' for development (August 29, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is sounding like his Obama administration predecessor when it comes to development on certain federal lands.

Elouise Cobell's family brings Presidential Medal of Freedom to Blackfeet Nation
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement
Elouise Cobell's family brings Presidential Medal of Freedom to Blackfeet Nation (August 14, 2017)
The late Elouise Cobell was awarded the nation's highest civilian honor for efforts to hold the federal government accountable to hundreds of thousands of tribal citizens.

Gyasi Ross: Wealthy white man perpetuates poverty porn in Indian Country
Opinion
Gyasi Ross: Wealthy white man perpetuates poverty porn in Indian Country (July 21, 2017)
Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook, is visiting Native communities. Is that good? Gyasi Ross has more on Indian Country Media Network.

Indian relay team from Blackfeet Nation wins title at Calgary Stampede
Canada | Sports
Indian relay team from Blackfeet Nation wins title at Calgary Stampede (July 13, 2017)
Carlson Relay defeated three other Indian relay racing teams at the Calgary Stampede event in Alberta, Canada.

Blackfeet Nation voters reject changes to decades-old constitution
National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation voters reject changes to decades-old constitution (June 28, 2017)
The Blackfeet Nation's governing structure will be staying the same after voters rejected an overhaul of the tribe's constitution.

YES! Magazine: Young Blackfeet Nation citizen promotes food sovereignty
Environment | Health | National
YES! Magazine: Young Blackfeet Nation citizen promotes food sovereignty (June 7, 2017)
Forced assimilation destroyed most nations’ diets, but now Native youth are learning to integrate local foods back into their daily lives.

Trump administration rejects grant for Blackfeet Nation college prep program
Education | National | Politics
Trump administration rejects grant for Blackfeet Nation college prep program (May 9, 2017)
Lawmakers from both parties are calling on the Trump administration to restore grants that help prepare Indian and low-income students for college.

Blackfeet Nation citizens approve historic water rights settlement
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 compact
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 Obama
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 land
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 Secretary
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 nod
Arts & Entertainment | Cobell Lawsuit & 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 Country
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 Congress
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 fight
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 base
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 offers
Cobell Lawsuit & 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 lands
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 Trump
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 rights
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 work
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 land
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 deal
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 amendment
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 landowners
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 Montana
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 debate
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 future
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 talent
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 guilty
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 site
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 Freedom
Cobell Lawsuit & 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 program
Cobell Lawsuit & 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 homeland
Cobell Lawsuit & 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 treaty
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
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 site
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 Montana
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 court
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 reservations
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 reforms
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 settlement
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 veterans
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 meeting
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 office
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 meeting
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 bills
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 site
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 rights
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 legislation
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 site
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 fugitive
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 blaze
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 Congress
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 site
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.

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