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Full of wisdom, passion, and insight, The Banker and the Blackfoot compellingly portrays a time when people in that part of the Old West looked for ways of getting along and getting on with the things that mattered to them all. Their remarkable story offers hope for all of us today.

After two years in the making, the Canadian government released its National Inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous persons on Monday. The report concluded that the violence committed against indigenous communities amounts to a “race-based genocide” by the Canadian government.

US - Canada border at the Opheim-West Poplar River border crossing as seen in 2010.
Glenn Tanaka [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Thursday said it’s made its decision to reduce the hours at three ports of entry from Saskatchewan into Montana.

Starting June 1 the ports of Scobey, Morgan and Opheim will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. That’s a reduction from 13 hours a day to 10.

The US border with Mexico draws much of the nation’s attention. But for residents in northeast Montana it’s the border with Saskatchewan that has them concerned.

A line of Montana legislators at the U.S. State Department-hosted town hall meeting in Kalispell on March 20, 2019.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

More than 200 people Wednesday night came to a U.S. State Department-hosted town hall meeting in Kalispell meant to inform federal negotiations that could shape the future of an international watershed roughly the size of Texas.

President Trump’s announcement of a trade deal with Mexico sounds like good news for Montana farmers. So says former Montana Senator Max Baucus, now co-director of an advocacy group called Farmers for Free Trade.

Baucus says the 25-year-old NAFTA treaty with Mexico and Canada has generally been good for Montana ag producers. He says he doesn’t know the details of the U.S. Mexico agreement that the President today announced would replace NAFTA, but Baucus says a new trade agreement is generally a positive.