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Fort Belknap Reservation


The tribes on the Fort Belknap Reservation declared a state of emergency last Thursday over what the tribal president says is a suicide crisis.

Tribes: Trump Illegally Approved Oil Pipeline From Canada

Sep 10, 2018
Pipes for Keystone XL Pipeline.
shannonpatrick17 (CC-BY-2.0)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Native American tribes in Montana and South Dakota sued the Trump administration on Monday, claiming it approved an oil pipeline from Canada without considering potential damage to cultural sites from spills and construction.

A stream gauge on Willow Creek
USGS

A state legislative committee is asking Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to work with Montana’s Congressional delegation to finalize a handful of water rights agreements.

Montana’s Water Policy Interim Committee says federal help in two key areas will lead Montana to having one of the most legally complete set of water rights agreements in the West.

The Latest: Montana Governor Declares Flooding Emergency

Apr 18, 2018
The Milk River is forecast to remain above Moderate flood stage into next week, possibly reaching Major flood stage for a time. Areas that have yet to experience flooding in this area may begin to see flooding soon.
National Weather Service Great Falls, MT.

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in Montana (all times local): 4:15 p.m.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says there is a flooding emergency in seven counties and the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.

The emergency declaration issued Wednesday allows the use of state government services and equipment, and allows the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to help protect infrastructure.

The governor's office says flooding from rapid snowmelt has the potential to cause widespread damage to homes, farms and infrastructure such as roads.

Montana Department of Transportation crews clear roads north of Browning, MT on S-464, February 26, 2018.
Montana Department of Transportation

Gov. Steve Bullock says $200,000 in emergency energy assistance funding will be released to eligible families on three Montana Indian reservations hit hard this winter.

State health department spokesman Jon Ebelt says state officials have received reports of hardship among some residents of the Blackfeet, Fort Belknap and Northern Cheyenne reservations.

Imagery from NOAA geostationary (GOES) satellites, March 2, 2018 shows more snow on the way to Montana.
NOAA

Members of the state legislature’s American Indian Caucus are urging Montanans to donate money and help people impacted by extreme winter weather.

In an opinion column published in the Missoulian Friday, all 10 members of the Montana American Indian Caucus liken the plight of people caught in blizzards on three Native American reservations to that of farmers and ranchers facing drought and wildfire last summer.

A sprawling, private nature reserve in northeastern Montana will host its first ever bison hunt early next year. But if you want to harvest a bison on the American Prairie Reserve, you either need to live near the reserve or be ready to pony up a lot of cash.  

A hand crew assigned to the July Fire near Zortman, MT.
Inciweb

Fire activity is increasing across the state as the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning today for high temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity for a large portion of central and northeastern Montana. The warning is in effect until 9 p.m tonight.

The July fire south of Zortman on July 3rd
InciWeb

UPDATED: 9:00 AM Tue 7/5

Despite some favorable conditions  overnight, a large wildfire is still burning too close for comfort near the town of Zortman. 

The July fire is now estimated at 1,669 acres. Initial estimates had the fire at about 1-thousand acres. Wind and terrain carried the fire away from town on Tuesday, but it still managed to creep to within a quarter-mile of Zortman, which is about an hour southwest of Malta and just outside of the Fort Belknap Reservation.

Charmayne Healy (l) and Miranda Kirk (r), co-founders of the Aaniiih Nakoda Anti-Drug Movement, and Melinda Healy, a participant in the peer recovery support program.
Nora Saks

There’s a narrative about the methamphetamine epidemic in Montana that says the state tackled it in the 2000s, and now it’s back with a vengeance because of super labs and drug cartels in Mexico. But here on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, it never really went away.

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