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Northern Cheyenne Reservation

The U.S. Department of Justice announced it’s awarding four tribal governments in Montana a collective $2.9 million to improve public safety efforts.

Fire crews on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation have counted 80-plus coal seam fires. This season, some are new and have caused grass fires, while others date back decades.

State unemployment rates, March 2019, seasonally adjusted
Bureau of Labor Statistics

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's unemployment rate inched down to 3.7 percent in March, a tenth of a percent below the national rate.

State labor officials said in a statement Friday the data suggests tight labor markets are keeping job growth down. There was a small gain of 326 total jobs last month and no change in payroll employment.

Rep. Rae Peppers, D-Lame Deer, stands at a podium in front of Gov. Steve Bullock and other proponents of Hanna's Act and HB 54 after a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. January 30, 2019.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

A bill named for a murdered Northern Cheyenne woman had its first hearing in the Montana Legislature Wednesday morning.

Hanna’s Act, House Bill 21, is one of several in the legislature that draws attention to the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.

Josh Burnham

A third annual Women’s March is happening Saturday in cities across the country. But events scheduled in Missoula and Kalispell are steering clear of the national march’s agenda.

Lauren Small Rodriguez is one of the organizers of an entirely Native-led vigil for missing and murdered indigenous women taking place Saturday in Missoula.

Marchers in Lame Deer on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana, January 9, 2018.
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio

Roughly 70 people gathered in Lame Deer Wednesday on what would’ve been Henny Scott’s 15th birthday.

Scott’s body was found late last month just outside her community on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana. She is one of many indigenous women and girls who have gone missing across North America in recent years.

A sign commemorating Henny Scott at her funeral Saturday
Kayla Desroches

Just two weeks after a U.S. Senate hearing on missing and murdered indigenous women, the body of 14-year-old Henny Scott was found on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Southeast Montana.

She was one of countless indigenous women and girls who have gone missing in cities and rural communities across the United States and Canada. Many have not been found.

Counselor Tara Penny helps Sarah Still Smoking identify aquatic life at day two of Native Tech Camp in Ronan on June 12, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet

On the bank of Spring Creek in Ronan, a half-dozen teenagers eye the water dubiously as camp counselors fit them with hip-high waders.

This is Native Tech Camp, which gives young tribal members a week of exposure to fields of work they might not otherwise see on the reservation. The free week-long camp is open to all middle and high school students from any tribe. It’s taught by professors at Salish Kootenai College and experts in coding, game design, cyber security, data analytics and other occupations that use technology in unexpected ways.