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Gazette opinion: Montana children deserve primary protection

Gazette opinion: Montana children deserve primary protection

Around 29.7 million people are traveling America’s roads this holiday weekend, according to AAA projections. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research indicates that most of those travelers will be using seat belts.

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Feds find major problems in Blackfeet court system

HELENA — Federal officials have threatened to cut off funding to the Blackfeet courts after finding unqualified and unvetted judges, prosecutors and staff running an unstable system that denies due process to those who appear before it and is overly influenced by tribal leaders.

June 05, 2014 3:45 pmLoading…
Montana state senator arrested by Blackfeet officers

Montana state senator arrested by Blackfeet officers

HELENA — Tribal law enforcement officers Friday arrested a state senator and Blackfeet leader accused of not complying with the terms of a plea agreement for drunken driving, a charge he has called false and politically motivated.

May 16, 2014 4:22 pmLoading…
Blackfeet judge issues arrest warrant for senator

Blackfeet judge issues arrest warrant for senator

HELENA — A Blackfeet judge has issued an arrest warrant for a state senator and tribal leader for not paying his fine for a conviction on obstruction and drunken-driving charges for fleeing a traffic stop on the northwestern Montana reservation a year ago.

May 09, 2014 3:28 pmLoading…

4 reach plea deals in Blackfeet fraud case

HELENA — Four of the five remaining defendants accused of defrauding a federally funded program to help troubled Blackfeet Indian youth have reached plea agreements with prosecutors, leaving only a former Oklahoma State University professor to face trial next month.

February 11, 2014 12:42 pmLoading…

2 election referendums challenged

HELENA — Some unions and other groups have asked the Montana Supreme Court to strike from the 2014 ballot two legislative referendums dealing with elections.

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Augare pleads guilty in federal court to DUI

Augare pleads guilty in federal court to DUI

GREAT FALLS — Blackfeet tribal leader and state Sen. Shannon Augare has pleaded guilty in federal court to misdemeanor charges after he fled a sheriff's deputy who stopped him for drunken driving.

November 07, 2013 11:54 amLoading…
Shannon Augare

Shannon Augare

Shannon Augare

November 05, 2013 5:34 pmLoading…
State senator's attorney: Feds can't punish Augare because of plea in tribal court

State senator's attorney: Feds can't punish Augare because of plea in tribal court

HELENA — Federal prosecutors no longer have jurisdiction to try a state senator and Blackfeet tribal leader on drunken driving, reckless driving and obstruction charges after he pleaded guilty to the same crimes in tribal court, his attorney said in a new court filing.

November 04, 2013 6:35 pmLoading…
Augare wants federal charges dismissed

Augare wants federal charges dismissed

BROWNING — A state senator and Blackfeet tribal council member plans to ask a judge to drop federal drunken-driving and obstruction charges against him now that he has pleaded guilty to similar charges in tribal court.

October 30, 2013 11:49 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 tribal chairman suspends 2 councilmen

Blackfeet tribal chairman suspends 2 councilmen

KALISPELL — The chairman of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council suspended two councilmen - a state senator who faces a DUI charge and another on allegations of improper conduct on a recent trip to Washington, D.C. - after the business council did not act on his request for a formal vote on…

October 17, 2013 2:58 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…
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.

September 26, 2013 10:27 amLoading…

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…

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.

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Mike Cotter

Mike Cotter

U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter, shown at a news conference in Great Falls last month, said on Friday he could not comment on the relationship between his office and the Blackfeet tribe, but said the federal prosecution of Democratic Sen. Shannon Augare for reckless and drunken driving and obstruc…

August 08, 2013 3:28 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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Feds probe $9M Blackfeet childrens program

HELENA — A federal investigation is underway into allegations of mismanagement and misspending by the managers of a now-defunct Blackfeet tribal program for troubled youth that received $9.6 million in federal grants over six years.

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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…
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.

July 16, 2013 12:40 pm Related Loading…

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