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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has officially joined the search for a missing Blackfeet woman last seen in Browning last June.

Montana Department of Transportation crews clear roads north of Browning, MT on S-464, February 26, 2018.
Montana Department of Transportation

Schools and government offices on the Blackfeet Reservation were closed again Tuesday after another bout of winds buffeted the reservation, leaving roadways impassable, buried under snow drifts.

The reservation remains under a state of emergency and an Incident Command team is coordinating with the State of Montana, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other state, tribal and non-government groups.

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.

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