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Blackfeet teacher education
Aaron Jacob/Slate / Slate

The Blackfeet Tribe is working to expand teacher education on the reservation. It will soon offer a full four-year degree program that will allow local residents to become fully qualified teachers without leaving the reservation. A goal is to increase the number of Native American teachers teaching Native students.

Map of Solenex lease site in the Badger-Two Medicine near Glacier National Park
Courtesy Montana Wilderness Association

The legal fight over oil and gas drilling leases near Glacier National Park has drawn the support of a coalition of tribal and conservation leaders. In March, the U.S. Department of Interior canceled a 30-year-old oil and gas lease in the Lewis and Clark National Forest - land also known as the Badger-Two Medicine.

Shortly after the federal government canceled the lease, the former leaseholder, Solenex LLC, challenged the government’s authority to do so.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.
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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell visited Montana this week. She promised to change the future of the federal government’s relationship with Indian country.

Chief Earl Old Person speaks before a crowd at All Chief’s Park in Browning, on May 3. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell also spoke at the event, which signified the Blackfeet Tribe’s first step in participating in the federal Land Buy-Back program.
Corin Cates-Carney

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited Montana today, with a stop in Browning, where she announced that the Blackfeet Nation will soon begin participating in the $1.9 billion Indian Land buy-back program.

Satellite Voting Office Opening In Browning

Mar 28, 2016
Polling place sign.
IIP Photo Archive

A satellite voting office is opening on the Blackfeet Reservation for the first time. The new office in Browning would help reservation residents gain equal access to same-day voter registration.

Solenex well site is the last remaining oil lease in Badger-Two-Medicine.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

The Obama administration has canceled a long disputed oil and gas lease in the Badger-Two Medicine area of the Lewis and Clark National Forest, a few miles from Glacier National Park.

A few miles outside Glacier National Park in northwest Montana is land known as the Badger-Two Medicine, the ancestral home of the Blackfeet tribe.

But it's also the site of 18 oil and gas development leases, and an energy company is heading to federal court March 10 to fight for the right to drill there after decades of delay.

Blackfeet tribal historian John Murray doesn't want the drilling to begin.

Denise Juneau Officially Joins U.S. House Race
Corin Cates-Carney

Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau rallied support at the Capitol today as she filed her bid for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat. 

Sign saying "Welcome to Blackfeet Indian Country."
Will Marlow (CC-BY-NC-2)

The Blackfeet Tribe is challenging Pondera County Commissioners and Montana’s Secretary of State Office about tribal member’s voting access.

A painting by Lauren Monroe, Jr., the artist featured in the film "Blackfeet Art of the Northern Plains"
Courtesy Lauren Monroe Jr. All rights reserved.

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival kicks off Friday evening in downtown Missoula. In this year’s line-up, 20 films are listed in the "Made In Montana" category, including "Blackfeet Art of the Northern Plains," a short film about a 30-year-old Blackfeet artist named Lauren Monroe, Jr. Chérie Newman talks with the people behind the film.

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