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Transparency For Tribal Finances On Monday's Legislative Agenda

Montana Capitol.
William Marcus
Montana Public Radio

Monday, Montana legislators will hear a bill to create a website so state tribal members can see the who, what, where and when of the money coming into the tribe.

Republican Representative Bruce Meyers of Box Elder says it’s important that Native American citizens get the same open government systems as other Montanans.

“We’re providing tribal members as Montana citizens transparency about budgets.”

Many question how much money goes to federal and state governments, worrying about corruption higher up in the chain.

The trial of former college president Melody Billy Henry and husband Frank Gregory Henry highlight the issue. The couple were charged with embezzling $242,000.

However, Meyers said this legislation was more about clarity than catching violations.

House Bill 562, will be heard Monday at 8:00 a.m.

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