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The Crow Tribe ordered its members to lock down for two weeks beginning Friday, as tribal leaders moved to slow a sharp spike in coronavirus cases and deaths on yet another reservation in the country.

Crow Nation Latest To Host Mass COVID-19 Testing Event

May 29, 2020


As Montana scales up COVID-19 testing while preparing to enter phase two of the state's economic reopening plan, mass surveillance drive-thru testing sites popped up in Crow Agency and Hardin this week.

The Crow Tribe is extending its stay at home order to May 14.

In an executive order issued Apr. 30, Chairman AJ Not Afraid writes it’s essential for tribal members and residents to stay at home to the maximum extent possible to protect public health and human safety on the Crow Reservation.

The sheriff leading an investigation into a 16-year-old Crow girl’s disappearance and death has requested assistance from the state Division of Criminal Investigation.

 

President Donald Trump formed a task force to address missing and murdered indigenous people last month. 

 

The Crow Legislature is considering a bill that would introduce alcohol on the Tribe’s Reservation. It’s part of a plan to revitalize the Crow economy with casino dollars.

Power Struggle Emerges In Montana's Crow Tribe After Vote

Jan 30, 2019
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CROW AGENCY, Mont. (AP) — A power struggle has emerged between two men who claim to be the leader of Montana's Crow Tribe after a disputed recall election earlier this month.

The tribe's vice-chairman, Carlson "Duke" Goes Ahead says he's the legitimate chairman after the Jan. 19 recall election ousted Chairman Alvin "A.J." Not Afraid and tribal secretary R. Knute Old Crow from office.

Montana Tribe Can't Account For $14.5 Million

Jun 25, 2018
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Josh Burnham / MTPR

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Crow Indian Tribe has been unable to account for $14.5 million it received for transportation programs, marking the second time in less than two years the tribe has been faulted for its handling of federal grant money, government investigators disclosed Monday.

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Fifteen hundred people in Crow Agency are without water after vandals this week essentially destroyed the town’s water treatment plant.

Its manager calls it an act of terrorism and thinks she knows who may have done it.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke acknowledges that the agency he now oversees, "unfortunately, has not always stood shoulder to shoulder with the tribes and communities it represents." 

But Zinke met with the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee this week to help identify Native American-related priorities for the new Trump administration. It's a job that will likely pull him and his staff in many different directions, because as Zinke puts it, "Tribes are not monolithic":