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The Montana Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has sought federal recognition for almost 4 decades and tribal officials say they’re now the closest they’ve ever been to that elusive goal.

The House Natural Resources Committee yesterday passed legislation that includes federal recognition of the Little Shell tribe.

That’s the first time it’s ever made it out of a House committee.

Montana Superintendent of Public Schools Denise Juneau, in turquoise jacket, meets staff and Polson high school student interns at St. Joseph's Hospital in Polson Wednesday.
Eric Whitney

In Polson, high school students are getting an opportunity that’s unique in Montana. It’s to spend a school year interning at the local hospital.

MSU Political Science Professor Eric Austin.
Courtesy of Montana State University

The political climate this year is brutal, with both sides throwing mud and stones at their opponents, a “whatever might stick” mentality that has some questioning whether there’s a better way.

And that’s what a conference this weekend in Helena is all about.

Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives Denise Juneau stumps on the state Capitol steps Thursday in a promise to end what she calls unethical campaign behavior in Congress.
Corin Cates-Carney

Democratic candidate for Congress Denise Juneau promised legislation to curb what she calls unethical campaign behavior in Congress Thursday, Sept. 8. Juneau is calling it the CASH ACT of 2017, which stands for Congress Abolishes Super PAC Hiring.

U.S. Capitol
flickr user Tim Evanson (CC-BY-SA-2)

A bill that Republican Congressman Ryan Zinke is pushing to lift the Obama Administration's suspension on coal leases on federal lands made progress in the House Thursday.

An onlooker watches as Matt Roberts and Jason Begay, center, interview Syracuse journalism student Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, about her eyewitness account of the clash between protestors and Dakota Access Pipeline security  on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016.
Courtesy Olivia Vanni/Montana Journalism Review

There are now thousands of people protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Last weekend, a team of student reporters from the University of Montana made the 12-hour drive to the Sacred Stone Camp to cover the media’s coverage of the protest.

A federal judge in Montana ruled today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to consider including critical habitat areas in a plan to protect the endangered Canada lynx.
Keith Williams (CC-BY-2.0)

A federal judge in Montana ruled today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to consider including critical habitat areas in a plan to protect the threatened Canada lynx.

The elusive forest-dwelling lynx was put under Endangered Species Act protection in 2000.

Community Groups Encourage Butte Gardeners To Share Their Bounty
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Gardeners in Butte are being encouraged to share their bounty this week to help honor the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The service project, initiated by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, is called “Gleaning Gardens for our Community,” to provide food for those who don’t have enough to eat. 

The Environmental Protection Agency today designated the former Columbia Falls Aluminum Company as an official Superfund site.
Courtesy Columbia Falls Aluminum Company

The Environmental Protection Agency today designated the former Columbia Falls Aluminum Company as an official Superfund site.

Swiss commodities firm Glencore announced the former smelter would be permanently shuttered back in the spring of 2015.

Lt. Governor Mike Cooney, Governor Steve Bullock, and Montana Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy announce the 2016 Labor Day report, September 6, 2016 in Helena.
Corin Cates-Carney

A jobs report released Tuesday by the state’s Department Labor and Industry gives a glowing picture of Montana's current job market, but predicts a worker shortage in the next decade.

Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy handed the 2016 Labor Day report to Governor Steve Bullock during a press conference hosted by a financial company in Helena.

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