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Watch: Salish Honor Ancestors In Return To Homeland

Oct 23, 2016
On the 125th anniversary of the forced removal of the Salish from the Bitterroot, a group of Salish people and supporters honored their ancestors with a three-day walk returning to their homeland.
Courtesy Tailyr Irvine (www.tailyrirvine.com)

On the 125th anniversary of the forced removal of the Salish from the Bitterroot, a group of Salish people and supporters honored their ancestors with a three-day walk returning to their homeland.

The Montana Healthcare Foundation says it's making grants available to support better healthcare for people with who have a combination of medical problems, mental illness and/or addiction.
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Half a dozen health care systems in Montana are sharing more than $700,000 in grants to make mental or behavioral health care easier to get.

The Montana Healthcare Foundation says it's making the grants to support better healthcare for people who have a combination of medical problems and mental illness and/or addiction. It plans to award more than $3 million to the initiative over the next two years.

Salish Walkers Retrace Exodus From The Bitterroot

Oct 13, 2016
Logo of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
Josh Burnham

Today through Saturday, the Salish Pend d’Oreille tribal community will be remembering their ancestors by retracing their steps. This Saturday will mark 125 years since the Bitterroot Salish were forcibly removed from the Bitterroot Valley, traveling three days to the Flathead Reservation in Arlee.

The Salish and Pend d’Orielle Tribes on the Flathead Reservation are trying something new to save their language — an app. The Tribes’ Culture Committee released the app last month.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Tribes are now offering a reward of up to $4,000 for information leading directly to a conviction in the grizzly bear shootings.
Flickr user Nathan Rupert (CC-BY-NC-ND-2)

Federal and tribal wildlife agencies are offering a $4,000 reward for information about the illegal shooting of a female grizzly bear north of St. Ignatius. The bear was discovered mortally wounded by a shotgun blast two weeks ago by Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes biologists.

Seli’š Ksanka Qlispe’ Dam, formerly Kerr Dam
Bill Barrett (CC-BY-SA-3)


Death and taxes are supposedly two certainties in life. But at the moment, in Lake County, property taxes aren’t so certain.

 

The county is suing the state Department of Revenue over one property -- the Seli’š Ksanka Qlispe’ (say-LISH kuh-ZAHN-kuh kud-LEE-speh) Dam, formerly known as the Kerr Dam, which the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes bought from NorthWestern Energy last year.

 

The sale was negotiated in 1985 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

 

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have scheduled a public meeting on the proposed transfer of the National Bison Range.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2)

Debate over transferring federal public lands to state ownership or management has largely dominated Montana’s U.S. House race between the main party candidates.

Across the country, some state lawmakers and members of Congress are pushing to transfer federal lands to state ownership or control, a movement that has gained traction and created some controversy.

Incumbent Republican Ryan Zinke and challenger Democrat Denise Juneau both say their stances on these issues are clear.

“I have always been a strong supporter of public lands and have voted against the transfer or sale of public lands," Zinke says. "My position is known and well established.”

Denise Juneau says, “I remain 100 percent opposed to any transfer of management or selling of American public lands.”

The candidates have sparred over whether votes Zinke has taken in Congress, or Juneau on the state’s land board, are consistent with those statements.

Less talked about, though, is one case where the management of nearly 19,000 federally-managed acres in Northwest Montana could change hands.

An informational sign at the entrance of the National Bison Range.
Josh Burnham

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Friday said they’ve modified their proposal to take over management of the National Bison Range.

The tribes released draft federal legislation in June that would transfer management of the range to them from the agency that’s in control now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Montana Lawmakers Push For Tribal Bison Hunts In Yellowstone

Sep 15, 2016
A Montana legislative committee that wants to limit Yellowstone National Park's growing herds of bison from leaving the park sent a recommendation Thursday to park officials for American Indian tribes to be allowed to hunt bison inside the park.
Mike Albans

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana legislative committee that wants to limit Yellowstone National Park's growing herds of bison from leaving the park sent a recommendation Thursday to park officials for American Indian tribes to be allowed to hunt bison inside the park.

Missing Grizzly Prompts Investigation

Sep 12, 2016
Tribal bear biologists were called on Monday, August 29 with a report that twin grizzly bear cubs were out during the day bawling for their mother. During the following week traps were set for the cubs.
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Conservation officers with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are investigating a missing female grizzly bear in the Post Creek area.

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