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Two Medicine River, in the Badger-Two Medicine area.
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The Blackfeet Nation says it will ask a federal court on Monday to continue a fight to protect the Badger-Two Medicine area, after the US Interior Department reversed course on oil leases there.

"That was a surprise, we were totally caught off guard," says Tyson Runningwolf, a Democratic representative from Browning, and a member of the tribe.

"There’s one thing that unifies the tribe always and that’s protecting the Badger-Two Medicine at all costs, whatever it takes to be involved in protecting it from oil and gas development and protecting that sacred area," he says.


 President Donald Trump and a dozen Democratic lawmakers have agreed to work together on a $2 trillion dollar infrastructure package. But they put off for later the difficult questions of how to pay for it.

L to R: Ravalli County Drug Detective Scott Burlingham, Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino and Missoula City Police Detective Guy Baker during a Missoula meeting about meth with Sen. Steve Daines, April 18, 2019.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

Last week Montana’s Republican Sen. Steve Daines hosted a roundtable in Missoula to talk with police and prosecutors about the devastating toll methamphetamine is taking on western Montana. The event also offered a revealing look at the business end of the meth trade.

Shards of methamphetamine hydrochloride, also known as crystal meth.
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Republican U.S. Senator Steve Daines says Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is effectively handling the state’s methamphetamine crisis, but that doesn’t mean Daines will be endorsing him in the 2020 governor’s race.

Montana’s Congressional delegates are drawing a range of conclusions from the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

L to R: Missoula County Sheriff TJ McDermott, Sen. Steve Daines and Lake County Sheriff Don Bell during a Missoula meeting about meth, April 18, 2019.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

Montana’s Republican U.S. Senator was in Missoula Thursday. He invited police and prosecutors to share their concerns about Montana’s meth crisis.

Sen. Steve Daines wanted straight talk on methamphetamine’s impacts on western Montana. Regional law enforcement gave him plenty to chew on.

Sen. Jon Tester
U.S. Senate

Montana’s senior Senator says Americans deserve to see special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation report to make up their own minds.

While Mueller’s report found President Donald Trump’s campaign did not collude with the Russian government, Attorney General Bill Barr made headlines asserting there isn’t sufficient evidence Trump obstructed justice.

Tonight on Capitol Talk: The state health department faces permanent job cuts; A sales tax proposal reappears at the Capitol; Sexual harassment allegations among lawmakers lead to a new anti-harassment policy; And with time running short, Gov. Bullock remains coy about his 2020 election plans.

Montana Republican Senator Duane Ankney.
Nick Mott / MTPR

Following a trip to Washington, D.C. arranged by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, a Montana lawmaker said he’s 65-percent confident a White House plan to subsidize coal-fired power plants will succeed. Colstrip Sen. Duane Ankney says he discussed the idea of helping coal compete with renewables and natural gas with the U.S. Department of Energy.

Montana’s U.S. Senators are on opposite sides of a resolution that would condemn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency over border security. The House passed that resolution today.

Montana’s Republican Representative Greg Gianforte called it a, “show vote,” and said, “Our country faces a humanitarian and national security crisis on our southern border.”

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