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5:22 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Native leader Gordon Belcourt dies

Gordon Belcourt
Credit Jaime Belcourt

Gordon Belcourt, one of the Rocky Mountain West’s most influential Native American leaders died Monday in Billings.

He was Executive Director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council from 1998 until his death. He was known for building the organization into a powerful regional voice on Native issues, especially public health.

Gordon’s daughter Annie Belcourt says her father’s traditional Blackfeet name, Meekskimeeksskumapi, means Mixed Iron Boy.

She says it’s a name reflecting the strength her father carried with him through his life.

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Winter in the Blood
4:05 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Much-anticipated film "Winter in the Blood" has its Montana premiere this weekend in Missoula

Actor Chaske Spencer plays Virgil First Raise in the film "Winter in the Blood"
Credit Ken Billington

The new Montana-made film "Winter in the Blood" received a warm reception at its recent premiere at the Los Angeles film festival, and will have its Montana premiere this Saturday evening in Missoula. The film is based on the acclaimed novel by the late Montana author James Welch - who was a family friend of the film's directors, brothers Alex and Andrew Smith. Both the novel and the movie give a harsh but authentic portrait of growing up on Montana's Blackfeet reservation and the hi-line, where it was filmed.

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Poetry and Indian Culture
1:28 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

A Conversation with a Nakoda/Assiniboine Poet

Nakoda Sky People, poems by Minerva Allen

During this program, Minerva Allen talks with TWQ producer Chérie Newman about her role as a guardian of tribal culture. She also reads from her collection of poetry, Nakoda Sky People, and from Stories from the Elders: Nakoda Horse Society.

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MTPR Weekly Highlights
12:30 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

July 18 - July 24, 2013

Here are MTPR program highlights for July 18-July 24, 2013.


THURSDAY- July 18, 2013

9:05 a.m.   Morning Classics
Ravel:  Introduction & Fillegro for harp and ensemble; Roussel:  Serenade for harp and ensemble; Schoenberg:  Verklarte Nacht, Op. 4; Wagner:  Piano Sonata in A major, WWV 26, Op. 4 - Grosse Sonata; Schulhoff:  Duo for violin and cello

1:05 p.m   State of the Re:Union – American Graduate special

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-Fire Season
3:40 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Resources continue to arrive to fight the West Mullan fire

Snake River hotshots getting ready to fight the West Mullan fire near Superior

Hotshot crews, retardant planes and six water-dropping helicopters are keeping the West Mullan fire steered away from the town of Superior and surrounding homes. Several homes remain under mandatory or voluntary evacuation notice as the 700-plus acre fire continues to burn north and east of town. Firefighters are keeping a wary eye on the weather - hoping a predicted storm front will bring more rain than wind, and give firefighters the upper hand on the three-day old fire.

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Education
3:15 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Top education leaders discuss priorities with Gov. Bullock

The Board of Education meets in the state capitol building in Helena Tuesday
Credit Dan Boyce

  

Leaders from across Montana’s public education spectrum met in Helena Tuesday to discuss shared priorities for improving the experience and results for the state’s students.

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Native Fisheries
2:11 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Warming water posing a threat to native trout

Bull Trout.
Credit Joel Sartore/ National Geographic & Wade Fredenberg/ USFWS / USFWS

Scientists are studying the effects of global climate change from the peaks to the valley floors in Glacier Park.

They’re also looking in the water.

Fisheries Ecologist Clint Muhlfeld with the US Geological Survey said native west slope cutthroat and bull trout are adaptable, they’ve been adapting to environmental changes for thousands of years.’

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Schweitzer Senate race
11:05 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Brian Schweitzer talks politics, rumors and dark money

Former Governor Brian Schweitzer brandishing his veto branding iron

The political world - both in Montana and nationally - is still reeling a bit from former Governor Brian Schweitzer's announcement last weekend that he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat

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Commentary
8:25 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Controlling Wildfires: Local Versus Global Solutions

Controlling Wildfires: Local versus Global Solutions

 

Montana’s wildfire season continues to develop slowly, but elsewhere in the American West, the wildfire season started early and violently.  By early June wildfires were raging across Colorado where the Black Forest fire burned 22 square miles and destroyed almost 500 homes, leaving two dead by mid-June. Then at the end of June, in Yarnell, Arizona, 19 “hotshot” firefighters died as a wildfire suddenly surrounded and trapped them.

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