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Montana Retains Racial Parity In State Legislature

Nov 9, 2020

Following the election, ten Native Americans have won their races and will be serving in Montana’s legislature. This is fewer Indigenous representatives than last session.

Montana remains one of the few states whose legislature has racial parity, meaning the makeup of the legislature is proportional to the racial makeup of the state. Next year, members of the Montana American Indian Caucus will account for nearly seven percent of the state legislature, which, according to the 2010 Census, is almost exactly the same percentage of Native Americans living in Montana.

Fort Belknap Restoring Swift Foxes To Native Range

Sep 25, 2020

A project on the Fort Belknap Indian Community is restoring one of North America’s smallest, fastest predators to its native habitat.

Go to the prairie near Fort Belknap in north central Montana and you just might hear a sound that hasn’t been heard in this area for over fifty years: The growls of a swift fox.

The size of a housecat, Kristy Bly, a program manager for World Wildlife Fund, jokes that the swift fox weighs five pounds when soaking wet. But she says that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take them seriously.