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Blackfeet Indian Reservation

Blackfeet chairman asks Augare to step aside

Blackfeet chairman asks Augare to step aside

HELENA — A Blackfeet tribal councilman and state senator accused of fleeing an officer during a traffic stop has refused a request by the tribe’s chairman to remove himself from his duties until his legal troubles are behind him.

October 14, 2013 1:31 pmLoading…
Judge: Feds can prosecute tribal leader for DUI

Judge: Feds can prosecute tribal leader for DUI

HELENA — The U.S. government can prosecute misdemeanor driving offenses on Indian reservations, a federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday in rejecting a request to dismiss charges against a Blackfeet tribal leader and Montana state senator.

October 01, 2013 3:41 pmLoading…

Blackfeet protesters charged in tribal court

KALISPELL — Six people who were arrested during a protest against the Blackfeet tribal government are charged with assault and other disorderly conduct charges.

September 06, 2013 2:21 pmLoading…
Blackfeet chairman says Cotter broke tribe's trust

Blackfeet chairman says Cotter broke tribe's trust

HELENA — The chairman of the Blackfeet Indian tribe says the U.S. attorney for Montana broke the trust of the tribe when he decided to prosecute a tribal council member and state senator accused of fleeing a traffic stop on the reservation.

September 02, 2013 8:20 am Photos

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New oil exploration leases renew foes' anger

MISSOULA — A series of new oil exploration leases on the border of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and Glacier National Park has renewed the anger and motivation of those opposed to energy development along the Rocky Mountain Front.

August 10, 2013 4:08 pmLoading…
Gordon Belcourt 'leaves big shoes to fill,' says U.S. senator

Gordon Belcourt 'leaves big shoes to fill,' says U.S. senator

The leader who never shied from discussing the challenges plaguing Indian Country — including suicide and alcoholism — has died.

July 16, 2013 4:39 pmLoading…
Montana lawmaker pleads not guilty to DUI, obstruction

Montana lawmaker pleads not guilty to DUI, obstruction

GREAT FALLS — State Sen. Shannon Augare pleaded not guilty Tuesday to fleeing a sheriff's deputy who stopped him for drunken driving, and his attorney pledged to challenge a federal court's jurisdiction in a case that would usually be handled by the tribal justice system.

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Woman mauled by bear in Montana

GREAT FALLS — Federal wildlife officials say a bear mauled a woman who was hiking north of Duck Lake on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

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5 Montana reservations don't report DUIs to state

HELENA — Five of Montana’s seven American Indian reservations don’t report drunken-driving convictions to the state, and county prosecutors say the information void poses a safety risk for both repeat offenders and other drivers.

June 07, 2013 4:08 pmLoading…
County can't arrest tribal members on reservation

County can't arrest tribal members on reservation

HELENA — A state senator and Blackfeet leader who fled a traffic stop appears to have been right when he told a Glacier County sheriff's deputy the officer had no jurisdiction to arrest him.

May 31, 2013 7:00 pmLoading…
Anschutz Exploration to halt oil, gas drilling on Blackfeet Reservation

Anschutz Exploration to halt oil, gas drilling on Blackfeet Reservation

MISSOULA — A Denver-based energy exploration company that has been searching for oil and gas on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation alongside Glacier National Park announced Tuesday that it would cease drilling and shut down the project.

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Blackfeet fume over drilling concerns

Blackfeet fume over drilling concerns

BROWNING – On the edge of the Blackfeet Reservation, where the Rocky Mountains rise out of the Great Plains like shark’s teeth, oil exploration companies plumb the depths of the land again and again as the tribe dreams of a big strike that will lift its people out of poverty.

December 22, 2012 10:20 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Indian Country will suffer if U.S. goes over fiscal cliff

The fate of the Indian Health Service in Montana probably isn’t the foremost issue on the minds of budget negotiators in Washington working to avert the “fiscal cliff”: more than $600 billion in expiring tax cuts and across-the-board spending cuts slated for January. But as a health and fitn…

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Montana tribes start receiving settlement money

HELENA — Some Indian tribes have started receiving their shares of a $1 billion settlement with the U.S. government over mismanagement of their money and trust lands, while others are waiting and remain undecided on what to do with their windfall.

June 22, 2012 4:37 pmLoading…
Blackfeet to apply federal water standards as oil, gas exploration increases

Blackfeet to apply federal water standards as oil, gas exploration increases

The Blackfeet Indian Reservation this week became the fourth Montana reservation to apply federal water quality standards under the Clean Water Act in an effort to protect its rivers, lakes and wetlands.

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Grizzly captured on Blackfeet reservation

GREAT FALLS -- A grizzly bear suspected of killing steers on a Blackfeet Indian Reservation ranch will get a second chance after being trapped by tribal wildlife officials.

April 20, 2012 8:34 amLoading…

Former Shepherd resident guides humanitarian hunting, fishing TV program

Eric Richey said he definitely falls into the category of fanatical outdoorsman.

April 15, 2012 12:10 amLoading…

Blackfeet Tribe signs with company to treat, recycle 'fracking' water

WHITEFISH — A company specializing in eco-friendly wastewater treatment announced Tuesday that it will bring its remediation technology to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, where oil and gas companies are actively engaged in a controversial extraction process called hydraulic fracturing.

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Oil exploration plans suspended at Blackfeet sacred site

An energy company with oil and gas leases across much of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation's western edge has suspended plans to drill a well near a culturally sacred ridge, halting the operation after tribal members voiced concern that it would spiritually denude the site.

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Browning man faces murder charge in woman's death

GREAT FALLS -- A 44-year-old Browning man faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of a woman whose body was found in her home on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation last November.

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