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Shane Morigeau

After two years in the making, the Canadian government released its National Inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous persons on Monday. The report concluded that the violence committed against indigenous communities amounts to a “race-based genocide” by the Canadian government.

Montana Capitol dome, Helena.
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A bill to change Montana's child sexual abuse laws, including lifting the statute of limitations for prosecuting such crimes, was signed Tuesday by Gov. Steve Bullock.

The bill, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Shane Morigeau, also extends from 21 to 27 the age deadline by which a victim of child sexual assault has to file a lawsuit against their abuser.

A bill to establish a missing persons specialist in Montana is advancing to the Senate after a week in limbo.

A piece of legislation intended to aid the investigation of missing indigenous people stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, but supporters aren’t giving up just yet.

Tonight on Capitol Talk: State lawmakers are buckling-down on a number of issues, including increased oversight of non-profit schools for troubled teens; what infrastructure projects to support or reject; what to cut or support in the health department; and whether ratepayers should bear the burden of keeping Colstrip's coal plant going.

Learn more now on Capitol Talk.

Hearing room at the Montana Capitol.
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

A bill that would rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day in Montana had its first hearing in a Senate committee Wednesday after clearing the House last month.

'Capitol Talk' is MTPR's weekly legislative analysis program.
Montana Public Radio

Tonight on Capitol Talk: Bills that are still alive, and bills that are gone at the midway point of the session. The effectiveness - and downside - of arguing "religious freedom" to get a bill passed. And the congressional delegation's tepid reaction to former Trump attorney Michael Cohen's testimony.

Montana Capitol.
William Marcus / MTPR

The Montana House of Representatives gave initial approval to remove Columbus Day from the list of state legal holidays and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day.

The House voted 62-38 to approve the creation of Indigenous Peoples Day, on the second Monday in October.

Bills Seek To Revise Statute Of Limitations In Montana Sex Abuse Cases

Jan 16, 2019
Rep. Mary Ann Dunwell, D-Helena, watches as 11 people testify in support of her House Bill 109 during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The proposed law removes the statute of limitations on child sex crimes.
Tim Pierce / UM Legislative News Service

HELENA — A slew of bills introduced in the Montana Legislature would revise the statute of limitations for sex crimes.

A sign at the National Bison Range in northwest Montana.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

A new film about the National Bison Range northwest of Missoula premiers Wednesday October 24 at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo.

“In the Spirit of Atatice [ah-ta-TEE-tseh” recounts the formation of the Bison Range from a tribal perspective. The half-hour film will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Daniel Glick, Roy Bigcrane, Shane Morigeau and Brian Upton.

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