The widow of Gordon Belcourt, one of the Rocky Mountain West’s most influential Native American leaders, has been named as his successor to head the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council.
The state of Montana — and all of Indian Country — has a lost an influential leader.
The leader who never shied from discussing the challenges plaguing Indian Country — including suicide and alcoholism — has died.
PRYOR — Tyrell Little Light doesn’t remember a life without the images of suicide haunting his young mind.
Native Americans whose lives have been affected by suicide or have worked to stem suicide on the reservation talk about the problem and what solutions might be necessary.
Suicide does not discriminate in Indian Country.
Gordon Belcourt, Executive Director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, discusses the reasons for the high rate of suicides by Native Americans.
Gordon Belcourt, executive director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, discusses the reasons for the high rate of suicides among Native Americans on Montana's Indian reservations.
On the first day of winter, with the temperature at 35 degrees and a chill breeze biting noses and fingers, about 100 people gathered on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn to honor homeless people who died in Montana this year.
A crowd gathers as Gordon Belcourt from the Montana Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council speaks during the annual Day of Homeless Remembrance vigil on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn.
The “Thriving, Not Surviving” music benefit concert scheduled for Friday at the Shrine Auditorium is a drug-, alcohol- and tobacco-free event to motivate the Native community to thrive, not just survive.