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Montana Tribe Can't Account For $14.5 Million

Jun 25, 2018
Crow Tribe.
Josh Burnham

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Crow Indian Tribe has been unable to account for $14.5 million it received for transportation programs, marking the second time in less than two years the tribe has been faulted for its handling of federal grant money, government investigators disclosed Monday.

Crow Tribe.
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.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke acknowledges that the agency he now oversees, "unfortunately, has not always stood shoulder to shoulder with the tribes and communities it represents." 

But Zinke met with the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee this week to help identify Native American-related priorities for the new Trump administration. It's a job that will likely pull him and his staff in many different directions, because as Zinke puts it, "Tribes are not monolithic":

Challenger Denise Juneau and incumbant Ryan Zinke met in Billings for their second debate on September 1, 2016
DENISE JUNEAU: COURTESY BRONTE WITTPEN; RYAN ZINKE: WILLIAM MARCUS

Last night, for the second time in less than a week, the candidates for Montana’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives met to debate, arguing policy and social issues, and making their case to voters.

Gianforte Says Indian Reservations Hinder Free Markets

Aug 19, 2016
Greg Gianforte standing among dancers during the Arlee powwow grand entry.
Corin Cates-Carney

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The way for Montana's American Indian reservations to escape poverty is through the free market, but the shortcomings of tribal governments are preventing businesses from flourishing, Republican candidate for governor Greg Gianforte said in a campaign stop last month.

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