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Kerry White

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.

Montana U.S. House candidates Greg Gianforte and Kathleen Williams.
(Williams: Olga Kreimer/MTPR)

Wilderness Study Areas:

During the debate, Congressman Greg Gianforte pushed back at challenger Kathleen Williams’ accusation that he had introduced legislation, without public input, to release more than 700,000 acres lands classified as Wilderness Study Areas.

Congressman Greg Gianforte speaking at the Road Access Hearing in Washington, D.C.
House Oversight Committee

Montana Representative Greg Gianforte is trying to win support in Congress for more roadbuilding on public lands. Conservationists say he’s trying to turn back the clock to policies that proved unsustainable.

On Tuesday, Gianforte chaired a House subcommittee hearing focused on road closures and access on U.S. Forest Service lands.

Republican Senator Steve Daines introduced legislation Thursday that would end wilderness study area protections for some federal lands in Montana. But conservation groups aren't happy. 

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