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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


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The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Public News Service - MT: Native American

Groups want to honor the native people of Montana by renaming three geographic features. (Djembayz/Wikimedia Commons)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Groups in Montana are petitioning to change the names of three geographic features that now bear the name of Jefferson Davis, the former president of the Confederacy who supported slavery. They're proposing to replace his name with Salish words to honor the state's first inhabitants

Republicans made big gains in the Montana Legislature in the 2020 election. (pabrady63/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Critics are pushing back on measures in Montana they say would restrict voting access. Bills introduced this session would end voter registration on the day of elections, require photo ID's both to register and vote in person, and restrict ballot collecting, a common practice on re

Rep. Deb Haaland, D-NM, has championed conservation legislation while serving in Congress. (AFGE/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. - New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland's nomination to lead the U.S. Interior Department is historic for Native Americans. As a tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, she would be the first Native American cabinet secretary. Shelly Fyant, chair of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe

Montana has allowed same-day voter registration since 2005. (jccain/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- A bill in the Montana Legislature could build barriers to voting, opponents of the measure contended. House Bill 176 would end same-day voter registration and close late, in-person registration by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before election day. Ruthie Barbour, issue advocacy organize

A U.S. Forest Service plan to be finalized next year would create the 28,000-acre Crazy Mountains Backcountry Area. (Greg Goebel/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Tribal advocacy helped push the U.S. Forest Service to protect parts of Montana's Crazy Mountains, and tribal members and conservation groups believe the agency should go even further. The Custer Gallatin National Forest plan, likely to be released in early 2021, includes wildernes

The Keystone XL Pipeline is projected to carry about 830,000 barrels of crude per day through eastern Montana. (JP Photography/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Tribes and conservation groups are urging Montana to deny a key permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Under the Clean Water Act, the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) must certify the project won't violate water-quality standards before construction can start. The pip

Montana State University is hosting U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo for Indigenous Peoples Day. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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BOZEMAN, Mont. -- On Monday, many Montanans will be celebrating indigenous people rather than Christopher Columbus. Four Treasure State cities have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in order to recognize native culture and history. Marsha Small, an earth sciences doctoral student a

In its plan for the Custer Gallatin National Forest, the Forest Service recognized part of the Crazy Mountains as an

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HELENA, Mont. -- It's National Forest Week, and members of the Crow Tribe are celebrating recognition of a special place in Montana. In the U.S. Forest Service's final draft of its Custer Gallatin National Forest plan released last week, the agency recognized the cultural and spiritual significance

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