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The Trump administration has cancelled funding for the Blackfeet Nation’s range rider program. These are tribal members who inspect cattle and make sure the land isn’t overgrazed. Now they could potentially lose their jobs and the Blackfeet tribal council isn’t pleased.

Deadline Near For Tribal Members To Claim Settlement Money

Oct 27, 2017
Sign saying "Welcome to Blackfeet Indian Country."
Will Marlow (CC-BY-NC-2)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — American Indian tribal members and their descendants have until Nov. 27 to ask for their share of the remainder of $3.4 billion in settlement money awarded to Native Americans after a major class-action lawsuit against the federal government.

The Cobell v. Salazar case began in 1996 when Blackfeet Nation banker Eloise Cobell claimed the Bureau of Indian Affairs had been mismanaging, squandering and stealing billions of dollars in land-lease royalties and other tribal property for a century, The Billing Gazette reported.

Fifteen thousand people in Crow Agency are without water after vandals this week essentially destroyed the town’s water treatment plant.
Josh Burnham

Fifteen hundred people in Crow Agency are without water after vandals this week essentially destroyed the town’s water treatment plant.

Its manager calls it an act of terrorism and thinks she knows who may have done it.

USFWS Reopens Public Comment On Future Of National Bison Range
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says they are reopening the public comment period on the future of the National Bison Range. That’s in response to feedback the agency got earlier.

Service officials will hold a public meeting in Missoula next week.

Blackfeet Nation

Blackfeet tribal members rejected a measure to reform their constitution Tuesday.

The proposed reform constitution would have drastically revamped the structure of the tribe’s government by establishing a three-branch system with built-in checks and balances. But that change was rejected by tribal members. Instead, the tribe will retain its current nine-member, single branch governing body, called the Tribal Business Council, which has been in place for the past 82 years.

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