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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.


Presidential hopefuls embrace Indigenous movement against unwanted pipelines
Presidential hopefuls embrace Indigenous movement against unwanted pipelines (September 4, 2019)

The Indigenous battles against Keystone XL and Dakota Access have finally emerged as a critical component of the 2020 presidential campaign.


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.


Clara Caufield: That time this Cheyenne grandma got lost at Crow Fair
Clara Caufield: That time this Cheyenne grandma got lost at Crow Fair (August 27, 2019)

I have been to Crow Fair many times, but not on foot, wearing cowboy boots. It is a long stretch and after a while, all the camps look alike.


RECAP: Afternoon session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum
RECAP: Afternoon session of Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum (August 19, 2019)

From Amy Klobuchar's 'I care' moment to Steve Bullock's defense of the Indian Child Welfare Act, here's a recap of what you might have missed.


Clara Caufield: Who must we cherish? Old friends like an old cowboy
Clara Caufield: Who must we cherish? Old friends like an old cowboy (August 15, 2019)

To me, a great blessing is an old cowboy, Tom Ford, now 91 and blind.


Native Sun News Today: Indian relay team wins top title at rodeo
Native Sun News Today: Indian relay team wins top title at rodeo (July 30, 2019)

The Mountain Crow Relay Team from Montana has returned to the circuit in a big way.


MSU News: Blackfeet Nation shares in grant to promote food sovereignty
MSU News: Blackfeet Nation shares in grant to promote food sovereignty (July 23, 2019)

A partnership between Montana State University’s Department of Native American Studies and the Blackfeet Nation received a grant valued at $2 million to support sustainable agriculture for the Piikani people.


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.


Native Sun News Today: Horse riders make annual return to Little Big Horn
Native Sun News Today: Horse riders make annual return to Little Big Horn (July 10, 2019)

Indian horseback riders, men, women and children, have returned to ride the Greasy Grass like their ancestors before them.


Another tribal provision submitted for inclusion in 'must pass' defense bill
Another tribal provision submitted for inclusion in 'must pass' defense bill (July 8, 2019)

Federal recognition, tribal homelands and compensation for Native Americans exposed to uranium await further action in the nation's capital.


Clara Caufield: 'We are on Cheyenne time. When the time is right, it will happen'
Clara Caufield: 'We are on Cheyenne time. When the time is right, it will happen' (July 8, 2019)

June 25, 2019, marked the 143rd anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, aka Custer’s Last Stand or the Fight at the Greasy Grass, depending upon who is describing it.


'A proud day': Little Shell Chippewa Tribe moves closer to federal recognition
'A proud day': Little Shell Chippewa Tribe moves closer to federal recognition (June 27, 2019)

Legislation to extend federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe has cleared both chambers of Congress but there's still more work to be done.


Mark Trahant: 10 Indian Country questions for the presidential debate
Mark Trahant: 10 Indian Country questions for the presidential debate (June 25, 2019)

Democrats are holding their first presidential debates but the candidates most familiar with Indian issues are not participating.


'One step closer': Little Shell Chippewa Tribe optimistic on federal recognition
'One step closer': Little Shell Chippewa Tribe optimistic on federal recognition (June 20, 2019)

Federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has been included in a 'must pass' bill.


Former leader of Northern Cheyenne Tribe admits to fraud charges
Former leader of Northern Cheyenne Tribe admits to fraud charges (June 18, 2019)

L. Jace Killsback, a former president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, has pleaded guilty to federal fraud and conspiracy charges.


Native Sun News Today: Keystone XL threatens endangered species
Native Sun News Today: Keystone XL threatens endangered species (June 18, 2019)

The Keystone XL Pipeline will lead to habitat destruction on the Great Plains, one scientist warns.


Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case
Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case (June 18, 2019)

It only took 194 days for the Supreme Court to issue one sovereignty decision. Where's the other one?


'Not welcome': Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe bars Keystone XL workers from reservation
'Not welcome': Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe bars Keystone XL workers from reservation (June 12, 2019)

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is sending a strong but simple message to the developers of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Supreme Court passes on more Indian law petitions as decision looms in big case
Supreme Court passes on more Indian law petitions as decision looms in big case (June 11, 2019)

After a blockbuster season in which tribal treaties have been front and center, it looks like the Supreme Court is taking a little break from Indian Country.


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.


Native Sun News Today: Little Bighorn remains a big draw 143 years later
Native Sun News Today: Little Bighorn remains a big draw 143 years later (June 4, 2019)

On June 25, 1876, a large contingent of Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, a few Arapaho, Mandan-Hidatsa, Arikara and one sole Southern Ute were hunting on the Little Big Horn in Montana.


Native Sun News Today: Supreme Court decision impacts tribal sovereignty
Native Sun News Today: Supreme Court decision impacts tribal sovereignty (June 3, 2019)

Tribal sovereignty is always a court ruling away from being reduced, perhaps one day, even eliminated.


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.


Kerry Drake: U.S. Supreme Court got it right in Crow Tribe hunting case
Kerry Drake: U.S. Supreme Court got it right in Crow Tribe hunting case (May 30, 2019)

American history is rife with examples of states and the federal government failing to honor treaties with Native American tribes.


SCOTUSblog: Supreme Court sides with Crow hunter in treaty rights case
SCOTUSblog: Supreme Court sides with Crow hunter in treaty rights case (May 21, 2019)

For Clayvin Herrera and other members of the Apsáalooke Nation, the Supreme Court’s decision vindicates a right they believe essential.


Supreme Court backs off-reservation treaty rights of Crow Tribe
Supreme Court backs off-reservation treaty rights of Crow Tribe (May 20, 2019)

The nation's highest court has once again sided with Indian Country in a treaty rights case.


'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation
'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation (May 10, 2019)

The Yurok Tribe is asserting its sovereignty with the passage of a new hemp law.


YES! Magazine: Native lawmakers help bring down Confederate monument in Montana
YES! Magazine: Native lawmakers help bring down Confederate monument in Montana (May 10, 2019)

'The monument was part of a larger effort to rewrite the history books,' said lawmaker Shane Morigeau, a citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.


Clara Caufield: Remembering my old happy rez guard dog
Clara Caufield: Remembering my old happy rez guard dog (May 3, 2019)

This week was the first anniversary since Ms. Reilly went on to the last camp. She was thirteen in dog years.


A 'monster': Outrage over Indian Health Service doctor convicted of abuse
A 'monster': Outrage over Indian Health Service doctor convicted of abuse (May 1, 2019)

A former Indian Health Service pediatrician who was convicted of sexual abuse and awaits trial on more charges continues to cause headaches for the beleaguered agency.


Core group of Republicans vote against Indian Country bills
Core group of Republicans vote against Indian Country bills (April 30, 2019)

A small group of Republicans are going on record as opponents of tribal legislation.


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.


Mark Trahant: Lawmakers change course on Medicaid expansion in Montana
Mark Trahant: Lawmakers change course on Medicaid expansion in Montana (April 17, 2019)

Medicaid brings more money into the Indian health system. Why aren't more states expanding the program?


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.


Mark Trahant: Republicans turn on Indian lawmaker in health care debate
Mark Trahant: Republicans turn on Indian lawmaker in health care debate (April 15, 2019)

Conservative politicians in Montana are vowing to defeat a Medicaid expansion bill sponsored by an Indian lawmaker.


Indian Health Service budget in focus amid ongoing controversies
Indian Health Service budget in focus amid ongoing controversies (April 8, 2019)

The Indian Health Service is back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill as the Trump administration struggles with old and emerging controversies.


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.


MSU News: Native student being honored for community involvement at upcoming powwow
MSU News: Native student being honored for community involvement at upcoming powwow (March 29, 2019)

Trisheena Kills Pretty Enemy still remembers the ambulances parked in front of her house, the long trips to Denver for treatment and the doctor's announcement on Christmas Eve.


Co-chair of new Indian health task force played role in blowing up Indian health law
Co-chair of new Indian health task force played role in blowing up Indian health law (March 28, 2019)

A little known official at the White House is playing a key role in the future of the Indian Health Service.


MSU News: Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith brings art and activism to students
MSU News: Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith brings art and activism to students (March 28, 2019)

Salish artist Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith's work is centered by her strong traditional beliefs and political activism.


Cronkite News: Task force aims to prevent child abuse within Indian health care system
Cronkite News: Task force aims to prevent child abuse within Indian health care system (March 27, 2019)

'These predators will find a way to infiltrate organizations to get positions where they have access to kids,' one advocate said.


'Institutional and systemic breakdown' at Indian Health Service under scrutiny
'Institutional and systemic breakdown' at Indian Health Service under scrutiny (March 26, 2019)

An Indian Health Service pediatrician abused young patients on two reservations for years without being held accountable.


White House announces task force after Indian Health Service pediatrician was convicted of abuse
White House announces task force after Indian Health Service pediatrician was convicted of abuse (March 26, 2019)

A new task force will investigate how the Indian Health Service failed to protect children on the Blackfeet Nation and the Pine Ridge Reservation.


House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control
House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control (March 22, 2019)

Homelands for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians and federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


Mark Trahant: The Native vote is at play in the 2020 election cycle
Mark Trahant: The Native vote is at play in the 2020 election cycle (March 21, 2019)

One U.S. Senate candidate has brought on a tribal citizen to serve as campaign treasurer.


Native student wins award for work on gender and racial identity
Native student wins award for work on gender and racial identity (March 18, 2019)

A citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has won a prestigious national award for his work engaging his fellow students in dialogue and inspiring social change.


MSU News: Blessing for new American Indian Hall set for powwow weekend
MSU News: Blessing for new American Indian Hall set for powwow weekend (March 13, 2019)

Montana State University will launch the American Indian Hall building project this month.


VIDEO: Indian Health Service official discusses pediatrician convicted of abuse
VIDEO: Indian Health Service official discusses pediatrician convicted of abuse (March 6, 2019)

Stanley Patrick Weber worked at the Indian Health Service for two decades before being indicted for abusing young male patients.


MSU News: Powwow dedicated to missing and murdered indigenous women and girls
MSU News: Powwow dedicated to missing and murdered indigenous women and girls (March 4, 2019)

The 44th annual American Indian Council Powwow at Montana State University will be held March 29-30.


Nels Swandal: Say no to the water compact pushed by opponents of tribal agreement
Nels Swandal: Say no to the water compact pushed by opponents of tribal agreement (February 28, 2019)

The Confederated Salish are Kootenai Tribes are being left out of a deal pushed by opponents of a water rights settlement.


Mary Annette Pember: Media continues to tell Native stories without our input
Mary Annette Pember: Media continues to tell Native stories without our input (February 25, 2019)

Despite periodic promises to diversify staff, mainstream media continue to be dominated by White men.


Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne veteran celebrates 94th birthday
Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne veteran celebrates 94th birthday (February 21, 2019)

Melvin Small is one of the first Northern Cheyenne allottees and one of the two surviving Northern Cheyenne World War II veterans.


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.


'Our lives don't matter': Native women demand action for missing sisters
'Our lives don't matter': Native women demand action for missing sisters (January 25, 2019)

Efforts are building across the nation to address the crisis of missing and murdered Native women.


Clara Caufield: How my grandpa taught me to become friends with living creatures
Clara Caufield: How my grandpa taught me to become friends with living creatures (January 24, 2019)

As promised, I am going to start writing more positive stories about the Northern Cheyenne.


Native Sun News Today: Former Indian Health Service doctor sentenced for abusing boys
Native Sun News Today: Former Indian Health Service doctor sentenced for abusing boys (January 24, 2019)

Stanley Patrick Weber was sentenced to more than 18 years for abusing boys on the Blackfeet Nation. He faces similar charges on the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Little Shell Chippewa Tribe seeks another shot at federal recognition
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe seeks another shot at federal recognition (January 22, 2019)

Montana's Congressional delegation is once again seeking federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians, whose status has been in limbo for more than a century.


Montana Legislature boasts record number of Native Americans and allies
Montana Legislature boasts record number of Native Americans and allies (January 22, 2019)

Native issues are front and center in the Montana Legislature thanks to the record number of tribal citizens in office.