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Rachel Carroll Rivas

Whitefish's community vigil for victims of the Charlottesville, VA, protests drew a large crowd for speeches, prayers and singing.
Nicky Ouellet

There have been many silent moments in Montana this week.

One in Whitefish Tuesday night was held in honor of people who died and were injured while counter-protesting a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last Saturday.

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

The Southern Poverty Law Center released its annual national census of organizations it considers extremist or hate based. It includes groups in Montana. Montana Human Rights Network Co-Director Rachel Carroll Rivas spoke with MTPR's Edward O'Brien for a statewide perspective that started with her definition of hate groups.

Proposed Montana Law Would Supersede Federal Gun Regulations

Feb 15, 2017
Sen. Cary Smith is the sponsor of SB-99, which would prohibit federal bans on firearms in Montana.
Freddy Monares - UM Legislative News Service

Lawmakers in Helena are considering a bill that would supersede federal law for any future ban on firearms and magazines.

The Montana Human Rights Network says in the weeks after the general election it has seen an increase in the number of hate incidents. That is why the organization created an on-line hate activity reporting tool.


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.

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.  

"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.

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.

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.