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Editorial: Montana governor on right track with tribes

"Montana Native Americans have heard it before.

'A top priority is improving the economies on the state's Indian reservations;' 'Native Americans will play a more important role in a new state administration;' and 'Cooperation will be the watchword in relations between tribal governments and the state.'

In 2005, however, it feels different.

For one thing, the budget's in better shape.

For another, Gov. Brian Schweitzer not only says the right things, but he's also taken affirmative steps toward doing them, too � including appointing Indians to important administration positions.

In addition to filling the Indian Affairs coordinator job (Reno Charette, a Crow), he's filled six other administration posts with Indians and named six Indians to state boards and councils."

Get the Story:
Schweitzer starts well on tribal-state relations (The Great Falls Tribune 3/16)

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