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Blackfoot Tribe

Disagreement continues over exploration lease

GREAT FALLS — John Murray, tribal historic preservation officer for the Blackfeet Tribe, opposes oil and gas exploration in Badger-Two Medicine in Lewis and Clark National Forest, a wild area of Montana that’s home to grizzly bears and a place of worship for Blackfeet.

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Blackfeet woman gets probation in fraud scheme

HELENA — A federal judge has sentenced a Blackfeet woman to three years of probation and ordered her to pay $50,000 in restitution for her role in a scheme to embezzle from a federally funded program for troubled youth on the reservation.

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Sentencing set in Blackfeet embezzlement scheme

Sentencing set in Blackfeet embezzlement scheme

HELENA — Prosecutors are recommending no prison time for a Blackfeet woman who pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to defraud and embezzle from a federally funded program for troubled youth on the northwestern Montana Indian reservation.

January 12, 2014 10:29 am Related Loading…

Blackfeet youth project defendants seek delay

HELENA — Five people charged with embezzling from a $9.3 million federal program for troubled Blackfeet Indian youth are asking a judge to push back their Jan. 13 trial date.

November 02, 2013 10:15 amLoading…
Augare charged, pleads guilty in tribal court

Augare charged, pleads guilty in tribal court

HELENA — A state senator and suspended Blackfeet leader has pleaded guilty in tribal court to charges similar to those he faces in federal court over fleeing a sheriff’s deputy who stopped him for erratic driving.

October 24, 2013 3:48 pmLoading…
Blackfeet chairman reinstates 2 council members

Blackfeet chairman reinstates 2 council members

GREAT FALLS — The Blackfeet tribe’s chairman has reinstated two tribal council members after suspending two others, the latest round of turmoil in what has been a tumultuous year for the leadership of the northwestern Montana tribe.

October 22, 2013 1:11 pmLoading…
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…

Group forms to fight corruption on Montana reservations

HAVRE — Tribal members from several Montana Indian reservations say they're creating a group to fight corruption.

October 03, 2013 4:03 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…

Attorney: Tribal leader 's prosecution would upend law

GREAT FALLS — A Blackfeet Indian attorney says 200 years of tribal law will be upended if the U.S. government is allowed to prosecute a tribal leader for a victimless crime on the reservation.

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Woman accused in Blackfeet scheme makes plea deal

HELENA — One of the six people charged with embezzling money from and doctoring contributions to a $9.3 million federal program for troubled youth in the Blackfeet Indian tribe has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

September 20, 2013 2:28 pmLoading…

Work stops on Blackfeet school, bison site found

GREAT FALLS — Construction has been halted on a new dormitory for a boarding school on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation after workers unearthed a bison processing site.

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Gladstone invites oil exec to Rocky Mountain Front

Gladstone invites oil exec to Rocky Mountain Front

HELENA — Blackfeet musician Jack Gladstone has invited a Louisiana oil executive to visit him on the reservation and discuss relinquishing his company’s oil leases south of Glacier National Park.

September 10, 2013 2:23 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…

Opponents seek ouster of Blackfeet council

An opposition group pushed for the ouster of Blackfeet Tribal Business Council members Tuesday during a rally outside the tribal offices that attendees said led to at least six arrests.

September 03, 2013 5:34 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…
6 charged with embezzling $9.3M from Montana tribal youth program

6 charged with embezzling $9.3M from Montana tribal youth program

GREAT FALLS — Six people who oversaw a Blackfeet program for troubled youth were arraigned Thursday on charges they embezzled from the $9.3 million project and doctored invoices to embellish the tribal contributions needed to keep the federal money flowing.

August 08, 2013 10:49 am Photos

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Blackfeet release man jailed for criticism on Facebook

Blackfeet release man jailed for criticism on Facebook

KALISPELL — A Blackfeet tribal member jailed over Facebook postings critical of the tribe's governing council said Wednesday that his arrest should encourage more people to speak out against what he called corrupt leadership on the northwestern Montana reservation.

July 17, 2013 12:54 pmLoading…

Blackfeet arrest man critical of tribal council

KALISPELL — Blackfeet authorities have arrested a tribal member who has been critical of the tribe's governing council, accusing him of violating a law that protects council members from threats, slanderous material or misleading information.

July 16, 2013 5:25 pmLoading…

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