In Montana, the life expectancy for Native American people is 19 to 20 years shorter than for whites. The median age at death for Native men here is 56. It's 62 for Native women.
Those statistics, in part, motivated Governor Steve Bullock last year to create a new position in the state health department: Director of American Indian Health.
The woman he appointed to the job this spring is Mary Lynn Billy-Old Coyote, who's from the Rocky Boy's reservation. She's well aware of the difficulty many Native American people have getting health care.