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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 Missoulians who turned out for a March 1, 2016 event.
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.

Jim Buterbaugh created the group that rallied under the banner of “American Security Rally of Montana” today on the Capitol steps.
Corin Cates-Carney

Today a group opposed to Muslim refugees entering the country staged a rally on the Capitol steps in Helena. A series of speakers at today’s event warned against the security threat they think refugees pose to the United States.

Tempers momentarily flared at a Missoula rally against a proposal to open a refugee resettlement office in Missoula, Monday February 1, 2016.
Bree Zender

Tempers momentarily flared Monday at a Missoula rally against a proposal to open a refugee resettlement office in Missoula.

Rachel Carroll Rivas, co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network
Courtesy Rachel Carroll Rivas

Among those participating in the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon are Ryan Payne, an army veteran from Anaconda. Payne drew attention to Montana’s militia movement in 2014 when he went to Nevada to defend Cliven Bundy in a dispute over federal grazing fees.

The Montana Human Rights Network monitors anti-government militias in the state. MTPR’s Katie Riordan spoke with its co-director Rachel Carroll Rivas.


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