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Montana Free Press: Tribal lawsuit adds to Keystone XL hurdles as feds await Supreme Court consideration
Montana Free Press: Tribal lawsuit adds to Keystone XL hurdles as feds await Supreme Court consideration (July 1, 2020)

The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes have filed the latest lawsuit against the federal government opposing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.


Montana Free Press: As COVID spikes, Blackfeet leaders close eastern entrances to Glacier for summer
Montana Free Press: As COVID spikes, Blackfeet leaders close eastern entrances to Glacier for summer (June 30, 2020)

Blackfeet Nation leaders, citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, have decided to keep the eastern entrances to Glacier National Park closed for the rest of the tourism season.


Indian Lawmakers: We refuse to stand idle
Indian Lawmakers: We refuse to stand idle (June 29, 2020)

As Native Americans, we understand discrimination and racism. We live with it.


Clara Caufield: The old quorum problem
Clara Caufield: The old quorum problem (June 18, 2020)

At the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, sooner or later, every president has run into the old quorum problem.


Native Sun News Today: Native American candidates fare well in Montana 2020 primary
Native Sun News Today: Native American candidates fare well in Montana 2020 primary (June 16, 2020)

'If we’re not in control, someone else is,' says Montana State Senator Jason Small, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.


Montana Free Press: Lagging rural census response could cost Montana second U.S. House seat
Montana Free Press: Lagging rural census response could cost Montana second U.S. House seat (June 11, 2020)

Response rates to the 2020 Census are lagging in Indian Country, raising alarms about an accurate count in tribal and rural communities.


COVID-19 exposes inadequate funding levels at Indian Health Service
COVID-19 exposes inadequate funding levels at Indian Health Service (June 11, 2020)

With coronavirus cases continuing to rise at disproportionate rates, advocates are calling on Congress to live up to its trust and treaty obligations by providing adequate health care for tribal and urban communities.


Kaiser Health News: Montana’s tribal nations preserve COVID restrictions to preserve their cultures
Kaiser Health News: Montana’s tribal nations preserve COVID restrictions to preserve their cultures (June 8, 2020)

As Montana plows forward with its reopening, including throwing open the doors to tourism on June 1, the outlook is starkly different for Indian Country.


Indian Country Today: 4 Native candidates for Congress advance to November
Indian Country Today: 4 Native candidates for Congress advance to November (June 4, 2020)

At least four Native candidates for Congress will advance to the general election after winning primaries in Idaho and New Mexico.


Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne cancels pow wows, rodeos due to coronavirus
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne cancels pow wows, rodeos due to coronavirus (June 2, 2020)

Leaders of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe have canceled a slew of events this summer, all due to the coronavirus.


COVID-19 hinders accurate Census count in Indian Country
COVID-19 hinders accurate Census count in Indian Country (May 27, 2020)

Tribal communities that have closed their borders to protect themselves from COVID-19 are facing a new threat: being undercounted by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Shane Morigeau: My roots run deep in Montana
Shane Morigeau: My roots run deep in Montana (May 26, 2020)

Just as my forefathers spoke with their actions, I want to use public office to ensure people have access to the quality of life they deserve.


9th Circuit hears appeal on protections for Yellowstone grizzlies
9th Circuit hears appeal on protections for Yellowstone grizzlies (May 13, 2020)

The future of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is now in the hands of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.


Clara Caufield: Montana to begin phased 're-opening'
Clara Caufield: Montana to begin phased 're-opening' (May 12, 2020)

Tribal leaders across the country have responded well and deserve credit for their concern about public safety.


Native Sun News Today: Pipeline loses permit, but construction continues
Native Sun News Today: Pipeline loses permit, but construction continues (May 8, 2020)

Even after a federal judge revoked permission for Keystone XL Pipeline construction across unceded treaty territory, the Canadian builder was still proceeding with work.


Court vacates 287 oil and gas leases in Montana over BLM failure to assess for groundwater and climate impacts
Court vacates 287 oil and gas leases in Montana over BLM failure to assess for groundwater and climate impacts (May 4, 2020)

A federal judge vacated 287 oil and gas leases in Montana, ruling that the Bureau of Land Management did not properly assess the leases’ threat to groundwater and impacts on climate change.


Court blocks Keystone XL water crossings
Court blocks Keystone XL water crossings (April 27, 2020)

Tribes continue the fight against the Keystone XL Pipeline amid fears that it will exacerbate the threat posed to their communities by the coronavirus.


Study says Yellowstone's bison are exerting an unhealthily heavy footprint
Study says Yellowstone's bison are exerting an unhealthily heavy footprint (April 13, 2020)

Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley has been called the American Serengeti, a landscape where people can see bison, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, moose, wolves, coyotes, grizzly bears, black bears, otters and beavers.


Governor OKs Keystone XL construction despite coronavirus threat
Governor OKs Keystone XL construction despite coronavirus threat (April 7, 2020)

Gov. Steve Bullock (D) is allowing a Canadian pipeline company to begin construction this month of the Keystone XL oil pipeline in Montana.


Glacier National Park closes over coronavirus concerns
Glacier National Park closes over coronavirus concerns (March 30, 2020)

Glacier National Park will temporarily close in coordination with the state of Montana, local counties and the Blackfeet Nation.


Shane Morigeau: We should do more to protect Montanans
Shane Morigeau: We should do more to protect Montanans (March 27, 2020)

Over the last few weeks we have seen numerous efforts brought forth to protect Montanans during these trying times.


Neighboring counties ask Yellowstone National Park to close
Neighboring counties ask Yellowstone National Park to close (March 23, 2020)

Officials want Yellowstone National Park closed in response to concern that tourists may contribute to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the neighboring counties in Montana.


At filing deadline, Bullock announces challenge to Daines for U.S. Senate seat
At filing deadline, Bullock announces challenge to Daines for U.S. Senate seat (March 16, 2020)

Democrat Steve Bullock is challenging Steve Daines for his seat in the U.S. Senate, giving the incumbent Republican a daunting opponent in 2020.


Native Sun News Today: Meade County oks man-camp
Native Sun News Today: Meade County oks man-camp (March 12, 2020)

Tribal nations held off the Keystone XL Pipeline in federal court even as the company behind the controversial project moved forward with man camps.


Anti-pipeline activists return to court to stop Keystone XL — again
Anti-pipeline activists return to court to stop Keystone XL — again (March 9, 2020)

Environmental and indigenous activists returned to federal court in Montana, seeking to stop construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Clara Caufield: Going home
Clara Caufield: Going home (March 5, 2020)

Traditionally, uncles played the role of disciplinarians, teachers and advisors in Northern Cheyenne society, a role Leroy Whiteman took very seriously.


Who’s positioned to gain from adult-use marijuana legalization
Who’s positioned to gain from adult-use marijuana legalization (March 3, 2020)

According to an analysis by multistate marijuana provider Verilife, the place with the largest number of dispensaries in the country per 50,000 residents is in Montana.


Native Sun News Today: Making Montana Proud poster project
Native Sun News Today: Making Montana Proud poster project (February 21, 2020)

An Indian Education for All project in Montana features successful and inspirational Native role models.


Refuge transfer sparks concern about land transfers, and a disclaimer
Refuge transfer sparks concern about land transfers, and a disclaimer (February 20, 2020)

A proposal to convey the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes has generated a mixture of excitement, concern, and outright opposition


Trump budget proposes ‘insulting’ cuts to national parks already burdened with backlogs
Trump budget proposes ‘insulting’ cuts to national parks already burdened with backlogs (February 19, 2020)

In a proposed budget released by President Donald Trump, the National Park Service would lose nearly $600 million in funding.


Clara Caufield: Ranching: A matter of sweat, blood and tears
Clara Caufield: Ranching: A matter of sweat, blood and tears (February 19, 2020)

When enjoying a hamburger or good steak, we should all say: 'God bless all the ranchers in this country who do such work.'


BirdRattler to speak about collaborations with tribes at MSU's Berger Lecture on February 11
BirdRattler to speak about collaborations with tribes at MSU's Berger Lecture on February 11 (February 6, 2020)

Loren BirdRattler will speak about an initiative that is building mutually beneficial research collaborations between Montana State University and tribal communities.


Clara Caufield: Big Bad Billy Bahr
Clara Caufield: Big Bad Billy Bahr (February 5, 2020)

This column is driven by the spirit of Billy Bahr, a Northern Cheyenne veteran who fought in Vietnam.


Honoring Selena Not Afraid
Honoring Selena Not Afraid (January 31, 2020)

In honor of missing and murdered indigenous women, a group of relay runners traveled 350 miles for the memorial service of Selena Not Afraid, a 16-year-old Crow girl who went missing and was found dead.


Author blames Crow child's death on Indian Child Welfare Act
Author blames Crow child's death on Indian Child Welfare Act (January 29, 2020)

The mainstream media barely covered oral arguments in a critical Indian Child Welfare Act case last week but USA Today is here to make up for it with an opinion from a critic of the law.


Who’s yea and who’s nay on the CSKT water compact
Who’s yea and who’s nay on the CSKT water compact (January 27, 2020)

Where do the key players stand on a bill to settle the water rights of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes?


Former MSU president publishes dictionary to help preserve language of California tribe
Former MSU president publishes dictionary to help preserve language of California tribe (January 24, 2020)

A project launched nearly 50 years ago may help preserve the language of a California tribe that has all but disappeared.


Body of missing teen from Crow Tribe found in Montana
Body of missing teen from Crow Tribe found in Montana (January 20, 2020)

The body of Selena Faye Not Afraid, a 16-year-old from the Crow Tribe, was found nearly three weeks after she went missing in Montana.


Native Sun News Today: Gerry Robinson publishes new book about early Cheyenne history
Native Sun News Today: Gerry Robinson publishes new book about early Cheyenne history (January 20, 2020)

'The Cheyenne Story: An Interpretation of Courage' starts from the first days after the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876.


Olszewski and Republican cohort asks Daines to withdraw CSKT compact bill
Olszewski and Republican cohort asks Daines to withdraw CSKT compact bill (January 16, 2020)

Republicans in Montana are once again trying to derail a long-awaited water rights settlement for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.


Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush
Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush (January 13, 2020)

After an end-of-year push that saw Indian Country's legislative agenda gain widespread attention thanks to a presidential tweet, more pro-tribal bills are being teed up for action on Capitol Hill.


World War II Navajo Code Talkers subject of February 5 lecture at MSU
World War II Navajo Code Talkers subject of February 5 lecture at MSU (January 8, 2020)

Zonnie Gorman, a historian and daughter of an original Navajo Code Talker, will share her experiences at Montana State University.


As trade war simmers, Montana farmers get federal relief. Here’s where the 2019 subsidies hit home.
As trade war simmers, Montana farmers get federal relief. Here’s where the 2019 subsidies hit home. (January 8, 2020)

As agricultural commodity prices suffer in President Donald Trump’s multi-fronted trade war, Montana farmers have received at least $114 million in payments in 2019.


'Lives at risk': Indian Health Service hit with lawsuit over $1.8 million in disputed payments
'Lives at risk': Indian Health Service hit with lawsuit over $1.8 million in disputed payments (December 19, 2019)

An Indian Health Service dispute has escalated with a lawsuit and a prominent citizen of the Blackfeet Nation accusing the federal agency of putting the lives of his fellow people at risk.


'A long journey for our people': Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on cusp of federal recognition
'A long journey for our people': Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on cusp of federal recognition (December 18, 2019)

After more than a century of efforts, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is on the cusp of federal recognition.


Daines and Tester co-sponsor CSKT water rights settlement
Daines and Tester co-sponsor CSKT water rights settlement (December 13, 2019)

Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester announced the introduction of a long-awaited bill that would settle a century-old dispute over water rights between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the state and federal governments.


Grizzly Bear Advisory Council struggles with ‘herculean’ challenge in Missoula
Grizzly Bear Advisory Council struggles with ‘herculean’ challenge in Missoula (December 10, 2019)

Grizzly bear management remains a political, environmental and social minefield in Montana.


Daines says he’ll introduce new agreement to settle CSKT water dispute
Daines says he’ll introduce new agreement to settle CSKT water dispute (December 5, 2019)

An agreement between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the federal government over long-disputed water rights is taking a major step forward.


Loren BirdRattler named MSU’s Katz Endowed Chair in Native American Studies
Loren BirdRattler named MSU’s Katz Endowed Chair in Native American Studies (December 5, 2019)

Loren BirdRattler, a Blackfeet citizen who coordinated the country’s first in-house indigenous agricultural resource management plan, has been appointed the Montana State University Katz Endowed Chair in Native American Studies.


Million dollar miracle at Northern Cheyenne
Million dollar miracle at Northern Cheyenne (December 4, 2019)

'It is only by the grace of Maheo’o (the Creator) this has happened': A new thrift store opened on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana.


Steve Bullock’s issue was tribal sovereignty … now he’s gone
Steve Bullock’s issue was tribal sovereignty … now he’s gone (December 3, 2019)

The presidential candidate who paid the most attention to Indian Country is calling it quits.


Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony
Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony (November 27, 2019)

Appearing in public with President Donald Trump can be toxic. How did it go for the tribal leaders who met with him at the White House?


President Trump promises action on missing and murdered in Indian Country
President Trump promises action on missing and murdered in Indian Country (November 26, 2019)

He didn't offend anyone. He didn't brag about himself. He didn't lash out at his opponents. He was just the president, among a group of tribal leaders.


Trump administration signals support for CSKT water compact
Trump administration signals support for CSKT water compact (November 25, 2019)

Through two top cabinet officials, the Trump administration has signaled its support for a proposed settlement of the reserved water right claims of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.


Presentation of American Indian Hall plans set for December 3
Presentation of American Indian Hall plans set for December 3 (November 19, 2019)

Plans for the 25,000-square-foot American Indian Hall at Montana State University are moving forward.


Environmental groups file federal lawsuit against Rosebud Coal Mine expansion
Environmental groups file federal lawsuit against Rosebud Coal Mine expansion (November 19, 2019)

A lawsuit in federal court challenges the proposed expansion of the Rosebud Coal Mine in Montana.


Navajo Nation withdraws bond backing for Spring Creek Mine
Navajo Nation withdraws bond backing for Spring Creek Mine (November 18, 2019)

Calling the purchase of coal mines 'disrespectful' to the Navajo Nation, President Jonathan Nez is pulling the tribe's financial backing.


Navajo pull backing for tribal energy company over coal mine purchases
Navajo pull backing for tribal energy company over coal mine purchases (November 14, 2019)

'It’s going to take a long time for the harmony between us as people and Mother Earth to be completely restored, but this is a beginning.'


Navajo Nation rips support of coal company
Navajo Nation rips support of coal company (November 13, 2019)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation say they weren't informed about the purchase of three coal mines far from tribal territory.


KXL oil spill in North Dakota
KXL oil spill in North Dakota (November 12, 2019)

As tribal representatives took part in Keystone XL expansion hearings in South Dakota, the original pipeline erupted in neighboring North Dakota.