Shane Morigeau

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.