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A program designed to address mental health awareness is coming to four high schools on the Flathead and the Rocky Boys Reservations this school year. It’s part of a co-institutional million-dollar grant between Montana State University Extension and Stone Child College.

Monday, Lake County Community Housing and Ronan Housing Authority has received a $450,000 Montana Department of Commerce grant, the last piece of funding it needs to build a 40-unit apartment complex.
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A $6 million affordable housing project in Ronan is set to become a reality later this year.

Monday, Lake County Community Housing and Ronan Housing Authority received a $450,000 Montana Department of Commerce grant, the last piece of funding it needs to build a 40-unit apartment complex.

Woman Found Injured On Flathead Reservation Dies

Jun 26, 2018

POLSON, Mont. (AP) — A woman who was found gravely injured on the Flathead Indian Reservation over the weekend has died.

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says the victim was 24-year-old Cassandra Harris of Ronan. She was found unconscious near McDonald Lake in the Mission Mountains west of Charlo on Saturday morning.

Officials said it appeared a vehicle was involved.

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.

Georgia Smies, an aquatic biologist for the Flathead Tribes, plays a game about the impacts of aquatic invasive species with students from Lolo
Nicky Ouellet

This week, the shore of the lower Flathead River west of Ronan is the biggest classroom in Montana. Fourth and fifth graders from across western Montana are here for the River Honoring, an annual event hosted by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, where they learn about the plants and animals native to the reservation.

Missoula County Sheriff Deputies are warning residents of Horseback Ridge near Missoula to prepare for evacuation in case the fire burning in the area grows.
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Friday, fire departments around the Flathead Valley rallied to combat a fire burning near Ronan. Polson Fire Chief Paul Laisy says black smoke from the fire could be seen for miles today, and at times flames jumped 100 feet in the air.

Life on a reservation can tend toward a pattern of wounds difficult to mend by young natives.

15-year-olds Kianna Finley and Gabby Houle live on the Flathead reservation. They say at times they are surrounded by a discouraging way of living - one of substance abuse and loss.