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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Montana Free Press: Native candidate Shane Morigeau runs for state auditor position
Montana Free Press: Native candidate Shane Morigeau runs for state auditor position (November 7, 2019)

Growing up on the Flathead Reservation, Shane Morigeau experienced the depredations of predatory insurance and securities scams on the sick, the poor, and the systemically marginalized.


Spring Creek Mine re-opens, challenges remain
Spring Creek Mine re-opens, challenges remain (October 28, 2019)

A company owned by the Navajo Nation is now the third largest coal producer in the United States


Tribal reps withdraw from DOJ’s Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force over AG’s support for Keystone XL
Tribal reps withdraw from DOJ’s Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force over AG’s support for Keystone XL (October 15, 2019)

Two tribal representatives pulled out of a new Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force in Montana due to the state's defense of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Gianforte lobbies Interior to delist Northern Continental Divide grizzlies
Gianforte lobbies Interior to delist Northern Continental Divide grizzlies (October 9, 2019)

The Trump administration is being pressed to remove protections for the grizzly bear, an animal held sacred by numerous tribes.


Private development in the Crazy Mountains sparks anxiety for wilderness advocates
Private development in the Crazy Mountains sparks anxiety for wilderness advocates (September 30, 2019)

What wilderness advocates and members of the Crow Tribe called a 'nightmare' scenario in Montana’s Crazy Mountains appears to be coming true, and sooner than they thought.


Federal judge in Great Falls hears Keystone XL arguments
Federal judge in Great Falls hears Keystone XL arguments (September 16, 2019)

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Fort Belknap Indian Community are fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline in court.


An epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous people in Montana
An epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous people in Montana (September 3, 2019)

Montana’s Indian Country is in the midst of an epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous people, mostly women and girls.


Montana Free Press: Democrat ousted from Congress warns party faithful
Montana Free Press: Democrat ousted from Congress warns party faithful (July 17, 2019)

Montana Democrats got a political reality check at their rules convention.


Montana Free Press: Appeals court reverses Keystone XL injunction
Montana Free Press: Appeals court reverses Keystone XL injunction (June 19, 2019)

The fight against the long-delayed Keystone XL Pipeline is far from over despite a recent setback in the courts.


Montana Free Press: Governor gains early win in dispute over bison bill
Montana Free Press: Governor gains early win in dispute over bison bill (June 10, 2019)

A bill that changes the definition of 'wild bison' could hurt tribal treaty rights, Montana's governor says.


Montana Free Press: Crow Tribe seeks protections for ancestral and sacred lands
Montana Free Press: Crow Tribe seeks protections for ancestral and sacred lands (June 5, 2019)

The Crow Nation of Montana wants a say in the future of the Crazy Mountains, a range that shaped the history of the tribe and the West at large.


Montana Free Press: Governor defends veto of controversial bison bill
Montana Free Press: Governor defends veto of controversial bison bill (May 31, 2019)

Montana's Republican Secretary of State is disputing the validity of a veto issued by the Democratic governor. Both officials are seeking higher office.


Montana Free Press: Montana governor joins crowded race for president
Montana Free Press: Montana governor joins crowded race for president (May 28, 2019)

Steve Bullock has a lot of ground to make up if he’s going to close the gap between himself and the other 22 Democrats vying for the party’s nomination.


Montana Free Press: Medicaid expansion supported by Indian Country finally passes
Montana Free Press: Medicaid expansion supported by Indian Country finally passes (April 23, 2019)

'We did it,' Western Native Voice said after a bill to extend Montana’s Medicaid expansion program cleared its final hurdle.


Montana Free Press: Health care bill backed by Indian lawmakers survives close vote
Montana Free Press: Health care bill backed by Indian lawmakers survives close vote (April 16, 2019)

A high-stakes bill renewing Montana’s expanded Medicaid program sputtered forward in the state Senate Monday, picking up the single vote it needed.


Montana Free Press: Urban Indian provider helped man get back on track
Montana Free Press: Urban Indian provider helped man get back on track (April 8, 2019)

Jason McNees benefited from services provided by the Helena Indian Alliance. Now he's helping others.


Montana Free Press: Studying barriers to voting for Montana tribal communities
Montana Free Press: Studying barriers to voting for Montana tribal communities (April 1, 2019)

A bill requires the Montana State-Tribal Relations Committee to conduct an interim study on barriers to voting by Native Americans.


Montana Free Press: Reservation lawmakers aim to derail Keystone XL Pipeline
Montana Free Press: Reservation lawmakers aim to derail Keystone XL Pipeline (February 8, 2019)

Tribal nations are supporting legislation that would impact the route of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Montana Free Press: Lawmakers take up Indigenous Peoples' Day and #MMIW bills
Montana Free Press: Lawmakers take up Indigenous Peoples' Day and #MMIW bills (January 28, 2019)

Bills will recognize indigenous people, both living and lost, are being heard at the Montana Legislature.


Montana Free Press: Judge blocks Keystone XL Pipeline
Montana Free Press: Judge blocks Keystone XL Pipeline (November 19, 2018)

News of the federal judge's decision spread quickly across social media in Indian Country.


Documents indicate plans to spy on Native opponents of Keystone XL
Documents indicate plans to spy on Native opponents of Keystone XL (September 14, 2018)

Federal and state authorities are coordinating in anticipation of protests against the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Tribes win decision blocking grizzly bear hunts near Yellowstone
Tribes win decision blocking grizzly bear hunts near Yellowstone (September 4, 2018)

Environmental groups, tribes and individuals sued the federal government seeking to block the hunt, which was slated to take part in areas around Yellowstone National Park.


'We're just outnumbered and out-moneyed': Fort Peck Tribes fight Keystone XL
'We're just outnumbered and out-moneyed': Fort Peck Tribes fight Keystone XL (August 30, 2018)

The Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes say the Keystone XL Pipeline threatens their drinking water, and their way of life.