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Native American advocates say Native staffers under-represented in Department of Corrections

Lita J. Pepion

The Montana Department of Corrections 2013 Biennial Report points out the agency has conducted 10 American Indian cultural awareness training courses for Corrections staffs in state and contracted facilities.

Also, despite the end of a federal grant, it maintained specialized probation and parole officers focusing on Native American offenders and those with co-occurring mental health and addiction problems. The report says that's reducing violations among those populations.
      But a group called Indian People's Action says the Corrections Department needs to do more, particularly  in its hiring practices.
      I.P.A board member, Lita Pepion explains in this evening's feature interview with Edward O'Brien.
      First, more on the mission of Indian People's Action:

O’Brien first landed at Montana Public Radio three decades ago as a news intern while attending the University of Montana School of Journalism. His first career job out of school was covering the 1995 Montana Legislature. When the session wrapped up, O’Brien was fortunate enough to land a full-time position at the station as a general assignment reporter. Feel free to drop him a line at
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