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Court: Tribal convictions might not stand

HELENA — Federal prosecutors can't always use past tribal court convictions as proof of a defendant's criminal history, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found in a Montana case.

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Lummi Nation Totem Pole Visits Billings

Lummi Nation Totem Pole Visits Billings

Members of the Lummi tribe brought a totem pole to Riverfront Park on Sunday afternoon to raise awareness about a proposed deep-water coal port near the Cherry Point refinery in Washington state.

August 24, 2014 7:50 pm Photos

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Jewell James speaks

Jewell James speaks

Head carver for the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation Jewell James speaks to the crowd Sunday during the Lummi Totem Pole Journey stop at Riverfront Park.

August 24, 2014 7:47 pmLoading…
Cyrell Haugen, 2, practices on the drum

Cyrell Haugen, 2, practices on the drum

Cyrell Haugen, 2, practices playing the drum with other members of a Northern Cheyenne drum circle Sunday during the Lummi Totem Pole Journey stop at Riverfront Park.

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Lummi Totem Pole

Lummi Totem Pole

Members of the Lummi tribe brought a totem pole to Riverfront Park Sunday afternoon to raise awareness about a proposed deep-water coal port near the Cherry Point refinery in Washington State.

August 24, 2014 7:47 pmLoading…
Lummi Totem Pole

Lummi Totem Pole

Members of the Lummi tribe Jewell James, left, and Douglas James, right, brought a totem pole to Riverfront Park Sunday afternoon to raise awareness about a proposed deep-water coal port near the Cherry Point refinery in Washington State.

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Douglas James plays the drum and sings

Douglas James plays the drum and sings

Douglas James beats a drum and sings a special song Sunday during the Lummi Totem Pole Journey stop at Riverfront Park.

August 24, 2014 7:47 pmLoading…
Alaina Buffalo Spirit speaks

Alaina Buffalo Spirit speaks

Alaina Buffalo Spirit, a member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe, speaks to the crowd and thanks the Lummi tribe for visiting Billings with their totem pole at Riverfront Park.

August 24, 2014 7:47 pmLoading…
Henry Kaline blesses his daughter

Henry Kaline blesses his daughter

Henry Kaline wafts sage smoke onto his daughter Trinity Kaline, 9 months, to bless her Sunday during the Lummi Totem Pole Journey stop at Riverfront Park.

August 24, 2014 7:47 pmLoading…
N. Cheyenne Boys, Girls Club marks anniversary with parade, dancing

N. Cheyenne Boys, Girls Club marks anniversary with parade, dancing

^pLAME DEER — Their jingle dresses chiming on every rhythmic step, sisters Kamrynn and Kiara Sooktis led the tribe in an important celebration.

June 30, 2014 4:10 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Keep an eye on how Congress acts on voting rights

The right to vote is sacred. It is how we hold our leaders accountable and make sure our democracy is responsive to all citizens. Yet, today, powerful forces are intent on making voting more difficult instead of more accessible and it could hurt Montana families in Indian Country.

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Guest opinion: Native warriors honored for service to America

Guest opinion: Native warriors honored for service to America

Among all our wars and military conflicts, Vietnam was perhaps hardest on veterans. Yet, that did not stop Montanans from enlisting for that “conflict” at a very high rate. Montanans have one of the highest rates of voluntary military service in the nation and within that number, Native Amer…

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Native Americans bless national cemetery before its dedication Monday

Native Americans bless national cemetery before its dedication Monday

On the eve of Memorial Day, veterans, members of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Tribes and legislators gathered at the Yellowstone National Cemetery, 55 Buffalo Trail Road, to observe tribal leaders giving traditional Native American blessings to the sacred grounds.

May 25, 2014 11:45 pm Photos

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The origins of the Northern Cheyenne courtship flute

The origins of the Northern Cheyenne courtship flute

Northern Cheyenne courtship flute maker Jay Old Mouse describes how flutes were used in courtship by the tribe, and demonstrates a song.

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Jay Old Mouse

Jay Old Mouse

Keeper and maker of the Cheyenne courtship flute Jay Old Mouse plays a courtship flute that he made.

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Courtship flute

Courtship flute

A Cheyenne courtship flute made by Jay Old Mouse sits on a display on Old Mouse's kitchen table.

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Pictures of Turkey Legs and Grover Wolf Voice

Pictures of Turkey Legs and Grover Wolf Voice

Jay Old Mouse holds pictures of former keepers and makers of the courtship flutes. Turkey Legs, right, made flutes in the 1800s and taught his art to Grover Wolf Voice, left, who then taught Old Mouse's grandfather Black Bear.

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Jay Old Mouse

Jay Old Mouse

Keeper and maker of the Cheyenne courtship flute Jay Old Mouse plays a courtship flute that he made.

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Northern Cheyenne flute maker to be honored Friday in Helena

Northern Cheyenne flute maker to be honored Friday in Helena

OUTSIDE BUSBY — With his paint horse Good Eagle Woman peering curiously from a nearby ridge, Jay Old Mouse stood on a hillside near Busby on Wednesday coaxing bird-like sounds from a flute he carved from cedar.

April 25, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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Jay Old Mouse

Jay Old Mouse

Keeper and maker of the Cheyenne courtship flute Jay Old Mouse plays a courtship flute that he made.

April 24, 2014 5:12 pm

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