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Darrin Old Coyote

As the Crow Nation steps into its new year following Crow Fair, one woman says goodbye to her throne. Olivia Reingold spent a day with Miss Crow Nation on one of the last days of her tenure.

Montana Tribe Can't Account For $14.5 Million

Jun 25, 2018
Crow Tribe.
Josh Burnham / MTPR

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Crow Indian Tribe has been unable to account for $14.5 million it received for transportation programs, marking the second time in less than two years the tribe has been faulted for its handling of federal grant money, government investigators disclosed Monday.

Gianforte Says Indian Reservations Hinder Free Markets

Aug 19, 2016
Greg Gianforte standing among dancers during the Arlee powwow grand entry.
Corin Cates-Carney

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The way for Montana's American Indian reservations to escape poverty is through the free market, but the shortcomings of tribal governments are preventing businesses from flourishing, Republican candidate for governor Greg Gianforte said in a campaign stop last month.

Two Tribes, Two Different Views On Gateway Coal Terminal

May 10, 2016
Young drummers of the Lummi tribe wait for their elders to start celebrating the announcement that the Army Corps of Engineers has denied permits for what could have been the largest coal export terminal in the US, in northwestern Washington state.
Ashley Ahearn/EarthFix

In another blow to the U.S. coal industry, the Army Corps of Engineers on Monday denied approval for a new coal terminal in the Pacific Northwest. The Gateway Pacific Terminal would have doubled total U.S. coal export capacity and would have been the largest export terminal in the country.

A federal judge in Great Falls Friday said the Trump administration failed to consider the environmental effects of its decision to resume coal sales from federal lands that the Obama administration stopped.
USDA NRCS

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monday denied the permit for the Gateway Pacific terminal in Washington state. That's bad news for the Crow Tribe, which was hoping the port would allow them to open a new mine on the reservation and ship tens of millions of dollars worth of coal overseas.

Hydroelectric Project Moves Closer To Reality On Crow Reservation

Mar 30, 2016
Bighorn Lake is the reservoir formed by Yellowtail Dam.
Gerald P. Hawkins (PD)

The Crow Tribe moved another step closer to developing its water resources. This includes a proposed hydroelectric dam project.

Crow Tribe Says Coal Development Crucial To Survival

Oct 23, 2015
Montana Activists Rally Against Coal Trains
Flickr user Erin Kinney (CC-BY-NC-ND-2)

In south-central Montana, plans are underway to get more coal out of the ground and onto ships headed to Asia. The Crow Tribe and Cloud Peak Energy of Wyoming are partnering to develop a new coal mine on the reservation and to open a new export terminal in Washington’s Puget Sound. Although coal prices are in decline and a protest movement is growing, the Crow are undeterred. For them, coal equals survival.

Coal train
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Southeastern Montana's Crow Nation says President Obama’s pending climate plan would wreak economic havoc on the already-impoverished reservation.

Under the administration's proposal, states must reduce their carbon emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is going up to bat for the Crow Nation. Fox says he's troubled by how the President is unilaterally guiding this climate proposal.