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ACLU of Montana

Montana Groups Sue To Stop 'Marsey's Law' From Taking Effect
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A group of Montana individuals and organizations is suing to stop a list of rights for crime victims, known as Marcy’s Law, from going into effect in the state on July 1.

Montana voters passed Marcy’s Law last November.

A float in the Helena Vigilante Day parade depicting the Madison Buffalo Jump has been criticized by the ACLU and others for its portrayal of Native Americans.
Courtesy Meg Singer

One of the longest-running high school parades in the United States has been criticized by the ACLU and others for its portrayal of Native Americans.

“This is racism, 21st century racism," says Meg Singer, a Helena resident and member of the Navajo Nation.

She says Helena High School students at the Vigilante Day Parade last Friday dressed in Hollywood-style Native American costumes with short skirts and other scantily-clad clothing.

The ACLU Montana is investigating a human rights complaint at Montana State University-Northern in Havre. The Sweetgrass Society, a Native American student group, says there’s a deeper issue on campus—and it's been going on for months.


The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana
The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana

The American Civil Liberties Union sued Cascade County Wednesday for allegedly failing to comply with several Freedom of Information Act requests.

ACLU of Montana’s Legal Director has had it with Cascade County:

The Montana House, on a 56-44 vote, gave preliminary approval to a bill that would ban the application of foreign laws in state courts. Proponents and opponents have dubbed Senate Bill 97 the Sharia law measure. Opponents said it targets Muslims.


Hearing room.
William Marcus

Thursday morning, The Senate Judiciary committee heard the first two bills in a package of 5 that aim to overhaul state law on sex crimes.

One bill would allow a judge to soften penalties on teenagers who have consensual sex.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana
The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana

Debate over the constitutional amendment voters passed this year has now turned into a lawsuit filed with the Montana Supreme Court.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana, along with several county and attorney associations, filed a lawsuit today to block the constitutional change known as Marsy’s Law from taking immediate effect.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana
The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana

Donald Trump’s election has proven to be a windfall of sorts for the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana.

A high school homecoming football game on the Flathead Indian Reservation drew fans and protesters alike Friday night. A crowd of about 50 people amassed against the outer fence surrounding the football stadium during halftime.
Nicky Ouellet

School administrators in Polson are figuring out how to move forward, after pictures of two students wearing t-shirts with a Confederate flag and "white power" slogans to a school event garnered national attention last week.

Nicky Ouellet

A high school homecoming football game on the Flathead Indian Reservation drew fans and protesters alike Friday night. A crowd of about 50 people amassed against the outer fence surrounding the football stadium during halftime. They held signs and chanted “No more hate” across the fence.

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