Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Senator Jon Tester campaigned with other Democrats for statewide office in Browning Nov 3, where he was lauded as an advocate for solving the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Nicky Ouellet

As members of the Crow tribal council stood alongside Republican Senate hopeful Matt Rosendale for his pro-coal stance at the Bozeman airport Saturday, tribal leaders from the Blackfeet Nation and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes threw their weight behind Democrats Senator Jon Tester and Congressional candidate Kathleen Williams.

They started their day in Browning with a breakfast feed. By afternoon, they were at Elks Lodge in Polson with the Blacklodge drum circle.

Fourteen firefighters and a helicopter are working a wildfire burning about 2.5 miles northeast of Arlee this evening.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal fire spokesman CT Camel says the 145-acre Rhebein Fire started Tuesday when a homeowner’s routine debris burn got out of control.

Vernon Finley, former chairman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes speaks at the Montana Undivided rally in Whitefish Saturday
Nicky Ouellet

Competing visions of the American West were on display at competing events in Whitefish Saturday. People rallied for their ideas about tribal sovereignty, public lands and constitutional rights.

Ammon Bundy speaking at a forum hosted by the American Academy for Constitutional Education (AAFCE) at the Burke Basic School in Mesa, Arizona.
Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

Some of the biggest names in the contemporary iteration of the Sagebrush Rebellion — including Ammon Bundy — will be in Whitefish on Saturday.

A record number of grizzly bears are being killed by cars as they roam the roads in and around Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana. At the same time, they're causing an unprecedented amount of damage to crops and livestock.

As fall approaches, tribal and state wildlife officials are reminding Montanans to be bear aware and secure any attractants that might lead to trouble between people and bears.

A meeting in Arlee Tuesday, co-sponsored by The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) and the conservation group People and Carnivores, focused on reducing conflicts between the growing population of grizzly bears — and people — in the Mission Valley.

Grizzly bears.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

A grizzly bear cub was euthanized today after being orphaned July 27 when its mother and two siblings were killed in a car crash. Wildlife managers say they spent 11 days searching for a suitable facility to take the cub, but found none.

The 7-month old cub weighed 34 pounds. Biologists say a cub-of-the-year is unable to survive on its own.

Stacy Courville checks his arm for splatter from the "bait bucket."
Nick Mott

Corrected 08/02/18, 6 p.m.

Grizzly bears in northern Montana are being killed this year at a rate far outpacing what’s typically seen.

On average, 25 grizzlies are removed from the population each year in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. So far this year that number is already at 27.

Counselor Tara Penny helps Sarah Still Smoking identify aquatic life at day two of Native Tech Camp in Ronan on June 12, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet

On the bank of Spring Creek in Ronan, a half-dozen teenagers eye the water dubiously as camp counselors fit them with hip-high waders.

This is Native Tech Camp, which gives young tribal members a week of exposure to fields of work they might not otherwise see on the reservation. The free week-long camp is open to all middle and high school students from any tribe. It’s taught by professors at Salish Kootenai College and experts in coding, game design, cyber security, data analytics and other occupations that use technology in unexpected ways.

Nicky Ouellet

A summer camp on the Flathead Reservation is aiming to grow career opportunities for young people in the tech fields.

Velda Shelby wants young adults on the Flathead Reservation to think big when it comes to finding a career.

"We have the highest unemployment rate where we have all of these statistics that they have to endure," Shelby says.  "At least if they can learn technology, coding, any aspect of it, there are more opportunities. We'll broaden their horizon so that they're able to be employed."

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