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Letter: How to Stop Brain Drain on Indian Reservations

After leaving to pursue an education, Sterling HolyWhiteMountain wrote in November, some Native Americans find themselves stuck between a longing to help their community and the lack of viable employment back home. “All too often,” he observed, “success for reservation Indians means leaving your heart in your homeland.”

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4/14/2019

article Former employees of Blackfeet Tribe’s Head Start program sentenced for theft and fraud
(Montana) -- Three former employees of the Blackfeet Tribe’s Head Start program were sentenced Thursday to months in prison for their roles in an overtime pay...

3/6/2019

article Century-old Blackfoot headdress returned after being found at thrift store
(Edmonton) -- A ceremonial Blackfoot headdress, adorned with golden eagle feathers and likely once owned by a teacher in the residential school system, is now home after...

2/25/2019

article Blackfeet law enforcement searching for missing 22-year-old man
(Montana) -- A Missing Endangered Person Advisory has been issued by Blackfeet law enforcement for a 22-year-old American Indian man. Wayne Roy Many Guns is 6'2...
article Missing person advisory issued for 22-year-old Wayne Manyguns
(Montana) -- Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services issued an attempt to locate for 22-year-old Wayne Roy Manyguns. According to the BLES, Wayne Manyguns was last seen on...

2/5/2019

article Former Blackfeet Tribe Chairman pleads not guilty to theft and wire fraud charges
(Montana) -- Willie Andrew Sharp, the former chairman for the Blackfeet Tribe, pleaded not guilty to theft and wire fraud charges in federal court Tuesday. Sharp was...

2/4/2019

article Frontline and The Wall Street Journal Partner for the First Time to Present a Joint Investigation into a Decades-Long Failure to Stop a Predator
(Montana) -- In mid-January, Dr. Stanley Patrick Weber was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison on several counts of sexually abusing Native American boys in his...

1/19/2019

article Ex-Blackfeet Tribe Chairman indicted on theft and wire fraud charges
(Montana) -- The former chairman of the Blackfeet Tribe, has been indicted on theft and wire fraud charges for allegedly embezzling funds from the Blackfeet Head Start...

12/30/2018

article Letter: How to Stop Brain Drain on Indian Reservations
(Montana) -- After leaving to pursue an education, Sterling HolyWhiteMountain wrote in November, some Native Americans find themselves stuck between a longing to help...
article The Blackfeet Brain Drain
(Montana) -- Some Native kids who leave to pursue education find themselves stuck between a longing to help their community and the lack of viable employment back home.

12/17/2018

article Remains Found on Blackfeet Reservation Being Sent to FBI Lab
(Montana) -- Human remains that were discovered on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation last week have been sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab in...

12/14/2018

article The FBI says human remains have been found on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation
(Montana) -- The FBI says that on Thursday, December 13th, the agency was made aware of what appears to be human remains on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The FBI...
article Browning woman admits embezzlement of Blackfeet Head Start
(Montana) -- Browning resident Denise L. Sharp, 60, who worked for the Blackfeet Tribe’s Head Start Program, admitted in federal court Tuesday to stealing money...

12/9/2018

article Blackfeet Tribe employees admit guilt in fraud case
(Montana) -- Two employees who worked for the Blackfeet Tribe’s Head Start Program in Browning admitted in federal court Thursday to stealing money through a...

12/8/2018

article Blackfoot elder remembered as 'truly a cowboy,' Indigenous advocate
(Calgary) -- Pete Standing Alone bred horses, competed in the rodeo, featured in more than a dozen films and painted the face of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. As a...

12/7/2018

article 2 Blackfeet Tribe’s Head Start Program employees admit theft and fraud charges
(Montana) -- Two employees who worked for the Blackfeet Tribe’s Head Start Program in Browning admitted in federal court on Thursday to stealing money through an...
article Montana tribal Head Start employees admit stealing more than $200,000
(Montana) -- Two employees who worked for the Blackfeet Tribe’s Head Start Program in Browning admitted in federal court Thursday to stealing money through a...

12/5/2018

article Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services attempting to locate two girls
(Montana) -- Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services has issued an attempt to locate/missing persons alert for two girls in the Browning area. Amanda Dewolf, 8 years old, was...

11/23/2018

article Helping The Blackfeet Tribe With A Loan
(Montana) -- Officials say an $8 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the Blackfeet Tribe build a long-term senior care facility to replace an...

11/22/2018

article Grant will help build senior facility for Blackfeet Tribe
(Montana) -- Officials say an $8 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the Blackfeet Tribe build a long-term senior care facility to replace an...

11/20/2018

article Trump Administration Moves To Re-Block Drilling On Sacred Blackfeet Land
(Montana) -- The Trump administration filed in federal appeals court Tuesday to block oil and gas drilling near Glacier National Park on land considered sacred to the...
article Zinke to Appeal Ruling in Badger-Two Medicine
(Montana) -- Attorneys representing the U.S. Department of the Interior, tribal and environmental groups Tuesday filed a notice of appeal challenging a federal judge...
article Blackfeet Nation gets $500,000 prosecution grant
(Montana) -- The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Blackfeet Nation announced that nearly $500,000 in U.S. Department of Justice funding has been awarded to the tribe...

11/19/2018

article Montana judge rejects challenge to Blackfeet Water Compact
(Montana) -- A federal judge has rejected a legal challenge to a water-rights compact between the Blackfeet Indian Tribe, the state of Montana and the U.S. government. U...

11/14/2018

article U.S. Attorney’s Office awards grant to Blackfeet Tribe
(Montana) -- The United States Attorney’s Office announced the Blackfeet Tribe will receive funds to assist with violent crime prosecution. The Blackfeet Tribe has...

11/5/2018

article Blackfeet writer, UM grad awarded prestigious Stegner writing fellowship at Stanford
(Montana) -- ​​Sterling HolyWhiteMountain, a Blackfeet writer from Browning, has won a prestigious fellowship at Stanford University. The Wallace Stegner Fellowships are...
article The Blackfeet Brain Drain
(Montana) -- I grew up on the high-elevation plains of northwest Montana, on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, in a culture in which English did not become the dominant...

11/3/2018

article Blackfeet Nation works to restore bison on the Rocky Mountain Front
(Montana) -- Bison are an icon of the west, but for generations the animals have been largely absent from western Montana and the Blackfeet Tribe that once depended on...

11/1/2018

article Blackfeet artist among 'Inspired Natives' reclaiming Indian art through Eighth Generation
(Montana) -- Blackfeet artist John Isaiah Pepion drew on tradition, a modern edge and the beauty of the Montana sky for his design for a new wool blanket that's part...

10/3/2018

article Blackfeet Country’s Cinda Burd named U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s Dep. Political Director
(Montana) -- Cinda Burd is currently working as the Deputy Political Director for Jon Tester’s Senate Campaign, and she details the path that led her there....

9/5/2018

press release Glacier Peaks Casino gears up to celebrate 12th anniversary
(Montana) -- When Glacier Peaks Casino celebrates an anniversary, it’s always a lot of fun. And on their 12th, the celebration starts early with the Glacier Peaks...

8/20/2018

article Blackfoot Confederacy drum group shines at centennial Crow Fair
(Montana) -- How do you get the next generation to learn the songs their great-grandparents sang? For Leo Wells, lead singer of the Blackfoot Confederacy drum group, the...

8/7/2018

article Trial delayed for doctor accused of abusing Blackfeet boys
(Montana) -- The trial of a pediatrician accused of sexually abusing young boys on Montana's Blackfeet Indian Reservation two decades ago has been delayed. Former...

6/13/2018

article Interior Dept., Blackfeet Nation implement 2016 water settlement
(Montana) -- The US Department of the Interior and the Blackfeet Nation have officially implemented the Water Rights Settlement of 2016. Blackfeet chairman Harry Barnes...
article Blackfeet author's book a tribute to her father's wisdom
(Montana) -- With her father no longer around to tell traditional stories and profess his faith in person, Wanda Bear Medicine-Peterson of Browning decided to pass on...

6/12/2018

article Blackfeet Resolve Water Battle With United States
(Montana) -- One of the final water-rights settlements between the United States and Native American tribes was signed Tuesday, resolving a generation-long battle...
article Montana's Blackfeet tribe, Zinke put water deal into effect
(Montana) -- Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation and U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday put into effect a $471 million settlement of water rights claims that was decades in...

6/6/2018

article Blackfoot filmmaker inspires students
(Montana) -- Cowboy Smithx, 36, an award-winning filmmaker of Blackfoot ancestry from the Piikani and Kainai tribes of southern Alberta, visited Wapanohk Community...

5/20/2018

article Browning man presents Blackfeet sustainable agriculture plans to United Nations
(Montana) -- Making a presentation on sustainable agriculture during a panel discussion recently at a United Nations gathering in New York was just another tricky day...

5/13/2018

article Mansch On Montana: Native youths, others work to build relationships thanks to OPI leader
(Montana) -- Donnie Wetzel Jr. knows better than most about a diverse cultural background. After all, he’s part of the famous Blackfeet Nation’s Wetzel...

5/12/2018

article 'Don't forget where you came from'
(Idaho) -- Roger Vielle, 60, of Deary, wears his braids with pride these days. It was not so long ago that a government boarding school teacher cut them off.

5/9/2018

article Daines: Water act funds Blackfeet water rights settlement
(Montana) -- Legislation introduced in Congress this week would expand the capacity for water storage and include funding for the Blackfeet Tribe water rights settlement...

5/4/2018

article Blackfeet, Glacier County end fight over office space; new county office to open soon
(Montana) -- After a month without local access to take a drivers test, apply for veterans benefits or file for a marriage license, county services have returned to the...

4/26/2018

article Blackfeet Nation considers forming its own county
(Montana) -- After this long winter, questions are being raised by the members of the Blackfeet Nation about the lack of help provided to the tribe by surrounding...

4/23/2018

article Blackfeet legislator proposes creating new Montana county, the first in 94 years
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Reservation may become its own county — and the first new county in Montana in 94 years — under a proposal that will be discussed...

3/29/2018

article Glacier County packs up, leaves Browning following disagreement over office space
(Montana) -- or the last 12 years, the citizens of Browning needed to only park a few blocks off Central Avenue to register their vehicle, pay their taxes or register to...

3/9/2018

article Zinke signs historic Blackfeet water rights settlement
(Montana) -- U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke has transferred the first $800,000 of what is expected to be $470 million agreement for water-related projects on the...

3/4/2018

article 'We'll be talking about this one a long time' - Blackfeet dig out of Blizzard of '18
(Montana) -- No snow stuck to the basketball court where Sullavin Wells and Lalontae Nomee shot some hoops on Wednesday afternoon. The Blizzard of 2018 piled it all in a...
article VIDEO: The Blackfeet Indian Reservation Digs Out
(Montana) -- Governor Bullock declared a state of emergency on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation after a month of crippling heavy snow and massive drifts left towns like...
article Photos: Record blizzard causes chaos on Blackfeet Indian Reservation
(Montana) -- Plows clear Highway 464 north of Browning on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation Thursday morning. Gov. Steve Bullock declared a state of emergency on the...

3/1/2018

article Flathead residents help Blackfeet Indian Reservation with donated items
(Montana) -- Help is on the way to the people of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Donated items including a snowblower and diapers are being transported to Browning...
article Significant weather-related cattle losses expected on Blackfeet Reservation
(Montana) -- Significant cattle losses are expected on the Blackfeet Reservation as a result of a brutal winter that brought almost continual heavy snow, bitter...
article Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes donate $5000 to Blackfeet Indian Reservation in winter storm emergency aid
(Montana) -- In an effort to help our tribal neighbors to the east, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will contribute $5,000 for food and water for residents...

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