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Briefs: Climate change funding for tribes; School trust lands

The EPA awards grants to Montana tribes to reduce climate pollution
Montana Public Radio | By John Hooks

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded grants to four Montana tribes to help develop plans to reduce climate pollution.

The Blackfeet, Chippewa Cree, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Peck tribes will each receive over $300,000 to develop plans on how to reduce emissions in sectors like energy, transportation and agriculture.

EPA administrator KC Becker said in a statement the grants will “accelerate greenhouse gas reductions and advance environmental justice efforts” in tribal communities.

Another round of grants will be available in 2024 to help tribes implement their action plans.

State trust lands generate nearly $58 million for public schools
Montana Public Radio | By Aaron Bolton

State trust lands generated nearly $58 million for public schools this year. The Montana Department of Public Instruction announced the funds Monday.

Agriculture leases, timber sales as well as oil, gas, coal and mineral revenues all generate funds for schools.

A little over $48 million will be split among school general funds. Roughly $9 million will be dedicated for school facilities and technology.

The funds state trust lands have generated for schools has increased by $5.5 million since 2017.

John joined the Montana Public Radio team in August 2022. Born and raised in Helena, he graduated from the University of Montana’s School of Media Arts and created the Montana history podcast Land Grab. John can be contacted at
Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.
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