From Ryan Zinke's private travel controversy, to Greg Gianforte's election night body slam, it has been an eventful — and unusual — year in Montana politics.

The Trump administration is engaging with a Montana tribe over the creation of a new national monument next to its reservation, even as the administration clashes with Native Americans over reductions to monuments in the Southwest. The Blackfeet tribe has opposed drilling and other development in the Badger-Two Medicine area, which it considers sacred. Tribal Chairman Harry Barnes says an Interior Department proposal to co-manage the land with the government is a potentially "workable solution."

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Newly released records show Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent more than $53,000 on three helicopter trips this summer, including one that allowed him to return to Washington in time for a horseback ride with Vice President Mike Pence. Records released by the Interior Department show Zinke spent more than $39,000 on a July helicopter tour above two national monuments in Nevada.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's wife played a key role in arranging aspects of her husband's official events and often accompanied him on trips outside of Washington D.C. during the first few months of the administration. Documents obtained by the Western Values Project show that Lolita Zinke created a list of people she wanted to be invited to a conservative town hall forum in California. Staffers also overhauled travel plans in Alaska so she could attend a dinner with the governor.

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The Interior Department's internal watchdog says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has failed to keep complete records of his taxpayer-finance travel, hampering an investigation into Zinke's use of private charter flights for government business. Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall says her investigation "has been delayed by absent or incomplete documentation for several pertinent trips and a review process that failed to include proper documentation."

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Federal Emergency Management Agency officials had nothing to do with approving a pricey no-bid contract to restore the power grid in Puerto Rico. That's what FEMA Administrator Brock Long told a Senate panel on Tuesday. He said there was "a lot wrong" with the controversial $300 million contract awarded to Whitefish Energy Holdings, a tiny Montana company from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown.

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HELENA -- Montana Democrats brought in one of their national party's rising stars to headline their annual dinner, but the hundreds who gathered Saturday wanted to hear more from one of their own: musician Rob Quist, who must convince fellow Democrats that he can win back the state's only congressional seat and help national Democrats push back against the Republican tide.

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