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Tobin Miller Shearer teaches history at the University of Montana
Mike Albans

A University of Montana professor who’s been put on a conservative “watchlist says he’s wary, but won’t be intimidated.

Tobin Miller Shearer teaches history and is director of African American Studies at UM. A couple of weeks ago a colleague emailed him to let him know he’d been put on an online list with dozens of other academics nationwide.

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election last Tuesday, there are numerous reports on the internet of an uptick in election-fueled harassment and intimidation. But's not just the internet, nor just outside of Montana.

Human rights organizations, local police departments and schools here are reporting, or checking out reports, that include pamphlet drops touting Nazi Party ideology, anonymous graffiti bashing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and Facebook posts loaded with vitriol and name-calling.

It’s Saturday night. I’m at the Unitarian church in Kalispell with 30 people, and they’re here to talk about racial tolerance in the Flathead Valley. It’s a hard conversation to have, it’s uncomfortable, but most of the people in this room, like Jennifer Stebbins-Han, think it’s important.

After more than 100 years of federal control, the lands of the National Bison Range may be returned to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
Amy Martin

After more than 100 years of federal control, the lands of the National Bison Range may be returned to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Last week, the tribes released draft legislation that would transfer authority over the range from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the CSKT.  

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)

This morning the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes released draft legislation that would transfer the National Bison Range from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to tribal control.

"A Town on Fire" screening and panel discussion Friday, June 3, in Helena.
Courtesy MHRN

Hate groups. Anti-government radicals. White supremacists. These are taglines for a new documentary film featuring the cultural climate of the Flathead Valley.

Two of the estimated 800-plus who turned out for a March 1, 2016 rally in Missoula in support of refugee resettlement.
Josh Burnham

The national debate over Syrian refugee resettlement in the U.S. has struck a nerve in Montana. It’s been playing out over the past month as rallies both for and against the potential resettlement of refugees in the state have been trading off locations and attempting to out voice one another.

Hundreds Of Missoulians Rally In Support Of Refugees

Mar 1, 2016
Hundreds gather in Missoula to rally in support of refugees, Tuesday March 1, 2016.
Josh Burnham

Church and community groups are rallying in five Montana cities at this hour to counter recent protests against efforts to bring refugees to Montana.  MTPR's Katie Riordan is at the event in Missoula.

Opponents and supporters of refugee resettlement in Montana rally in Missoula Feb. 1, 2016.
Bree Zender

On Tuesday, local organizations are rallying in five cities across Montana in response to recent anti-Muslim and anti-refugee activity.

A movement to block the potential resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state of Montana took to the steps of the Capitol for a rally on Monday.
Corin Cates-Carney

A movement to block the potential resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state of Montana took to the steps of the Capitol for a rally on Monday. It was the second high-profile event to voice such opposition within a week.

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