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Public News Service - MT: Native American

The Keystone XL pipeline could hurt endangered species such as the pallid sturgeon and whooping crane. (JP Photography/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- A federal judge in Montana has blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and his ruling could give the public more say in other pipeline projects. The massive pipeline stretching from Canada to Nebraska is relying on a fast-tracked permitting process for crossing bodies of

Voting by mail is hard for Native Americans who live on reservations because the vast majority use post office boxes. (ray_explores/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. -- Native Americans are facing a series of barriers to voting in Montana's upcoming primary election. Due to COVID-19, all Montana counties are providing a vote-by-mail option. Marci McLean, executive director of Western Native Voice, said this presents the first challenge for Native

American Prairie Reserve's donation of bison meat to the Montana Food Bank Network is coming at time when some meat processors are closed due to COVID-19 (Mike Quist Kautz/APR)

HELENA, Mont. -- The American Prairie Reserve (APR) is donating about 4,000 pounds of harvested bison meat to the Montana Food Bank Network. The donation will amount to more than 12,000 meals' worth of bison meat and will help serve 165 pantries and other partners of the network. Need for the me

After years of debate, Canadian company TC Energy is moving forward with construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. (chesapeakeclimate/Flickr)

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is going forward, cutting a path through northeast Montana, but climate action groups and tribes say along with environmental concerns, the pipeline poses a health threat with the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Steve Bullock is allowing work to g

The 2020 census can be filled out online. (Aldeca Productions/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- The 2020 census is here, and officials are spreading the word that households shouldn't forget one chronically undercounted population: young children. In the 2010 census, 2 million kids from birth to age 5 nationwide were missed. For Native Americans in Montana, the issue is comp

In a recent analysis, more than 93% of reporters covering Native Americans were not Native Americans themselves. (flucas/Adobe Stock)

HELENA, Mont. -- Stereotypes are common in media coverage of Native Americans, according to a new report. The Native American Journalists Association analyzed articles in 2018 and 2019 from Fox News, The Guardian, National Public Radio, The New York Times and The Washington Post, and found more th

The Indian Child Welfare Act was enacted in 1978. (USDA NRCS Montana/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - A federal court is considering challenges to a four-decades-old law put in place to protect Native American children against state-led efforts to break up families. Judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments this week on the Indian Child Welfare Act or ICWA, which g

The Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana has its own cultural herd of 350 animals on 15,000 acres. (Chamois Andersen/Defenders of Wildlife)

FORT PECK INDIAN RESERVATION, Mont. - Thirty million bison once roamed the American West. Now, only 21,000 remain that are managed as wildlife. But this week, for the first time, female bison are being transferred out of Yellowstone National Park in a new program to build other herds. The animal

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