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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.

This week the Crow Tribe Police Department announced safety checks and traffic stops through Aug. 2 to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

On July 21 the Crow Tribal Health Department told Chief of Police Terrill Bracken that 457 individuals on the Crow Reservation had been asked to self quarantine after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result or being directly exposed to someone with the virus.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Firefighters extinguished more than two dozen small fires on the Crow Indian Reservation in southeast Montana that were believed to be started by an arsonist, officials said.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs said the first the fires was reported Wednesday evening north of Crow Agency. About 17 fires were ignited between Crow Agency and Hardin, and 10 more were ignited south of Crow Agency.

Indigenous people were undercounted across the country in the 2010 Census. Ten years later, the United States Census Bureau says it’s increasing its efforts to ensure an accurate count.

Montana’s census response rate is 56 percent, trailing the national average of 62 percent. Looking closer at the numbers, some of the lowest response rates are among reservation residents. At 42 percent, Flathead has the highest response rate, while less than five percent of Northern Cheyenne residents have been counted.

The chairman of Crow Nation issued an executive order July 16 extending a reservation-wide “Stay at your place of residence” order until Aug. 31.

Last weekend, Montana saw its biggest spike yet in COVID-19 cases. YPR reports how the disease is impacting Native Americans across the state.

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.


Crow women face long wait times, drives and confidentiality concerns when it comes to receiving reproductive healthcare. That’s according to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation released Thursday.

A Crow singer might take home her second national music award this weekend. Desja Eagle Tail is nominated for best female artist and best country artist in this year’s Native American Music Awards.

A helicopter drops water on the Beeskove fire north of Missoula July 26, 2019.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

Updated 10:45 p.m. July 26, 2019.

The Lewis and Clark County Sheriffs Office has ordered evacuations near Helena due to growing danger from the North Hills Fire. Residents near the intersection of Snowdrift and Ferry, east to Hauser Dam Road are ordered to evacuate the area.

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