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The superintendent of the largest school district in Montana announced a middle school principal in Billings will remain in her position after being disciplined for offensive posts on social media.

Billings Superintendent Greg Upham says a July investigation into posts made to Medicine Crow Middle School Principal Nikki Hofmann’s husband’s Facebook account found Hofmann has been supportive of all students.

Geffrey Davis’s award-winning second collection of poems reads as an evolving love letter and meditation on what it means to raise an American family. In poems that express a deep sense of gratitude and wonder, Davis delivers a heart-strong prayer that longs for home, for safety for black lives, and for the messy success of breaking through the trauma of growing up during the crack epidemic to create a new model of fatherhood. In this interview, Geffrey Davis speaks to these themes, as well as his relationship with fly fishing and what it means to live through the present moment.

People rally in Missoula June 6, 2020 during protests spurred by the death of George Floyd, a black man killed in police custody in Minneapolis.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

The Missoula City Attorney’s Office announced it is pressing charges against a man that allegedly detained a Black Lives Matter protester at a rally outside the county courthouse in early June.

Billings Public Schools are opening an investigation into a middle school principal following the possible connection to social media posts a local superintendent calls "appalling."

Superintendent of Billings Public Schools Greg Upham opened an investigation Tuesday into Medicine Creek Middle School's Principal Nikki Hofmann.

He says concerning social media posts were shared by an account potentially attached to Hofmann.

Darby Football Coach To Keep Job After Protests Post

Jun 26, 2020

A Darby high school football coach will keep his job after suggesting in a social media post that Black Lives Matter protesters in Salt Lake City should be hanged, the Missoulian reported.

(L-R) Shaley Hall, London Marq and  Ja'Ton Simpson spoke during a Black Lives Matter rally in Missoula, June 14, 2020.
Sofia Stuar-Rasi / Montana Public Radio

A rally in Missoula Sunday drew hundreds to decry the presence of armed vigilantes at racial justice demonstrations. The gathering was spurred after one person was allegedly harassed and attacked by a group of armed individuals during a protest held at the county courthouse over a week ago.

Hundreds of people lie on N 27th St. and Second Ave. N in protest of police brutality at the Justice for George Floyd & Black, Indigenous and People of Color In Our Community/World in Billings June 7, 2020.
Nicky Ouellet / Yellowstone Public Radio

Over the past week thousands of people across Montana turned out for locally-organized rallies in support of black Americans and against police brutality. The rallies drew disparate crowds, and while talk got heated at times, the events remained non-violent.

Panel Tackles Questions Of Race With 'Ask A Black Person' Event At UM
Ray Fanning

If you had a chance to ask a black person a sensitive question in a safe space, what would it be?

That was the premise of a panel discussion at the University of Montana Thursday afternoon that drew a crowd of about 50 people.

Nearly 1,000 people came to UM to see Patrisse Cullors of Black Lives Matter,  Nov. 2, 2016
Cole Grant

Last night, nearly 1,000 people came to the University of Montana to hear a key player in the Black Lives Matter movement speak. Patrisse Cullors was invited for UM’s annual “Diverse U” conference.

It’s Saturday night. I’m at the Unitarian church in Kalispell with 30 people, and they’re here to talk about racial tolerance in the Flathead Valley. It’s a hard conversation to have, it’s uncomfortable, but most of the people in this room, like Jennifer Stebbins-Han, think it’s important.