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May 31, 2016
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Stacy Thacker

The Payne Family Native American Center is receiving a new facility for students to learn about and work on issues of land and culture on reservations.

The Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute will be located in the basement of the Native American Center and construction is said to start in July. Funding for the project came from the University, Terry Payne who is an alumni of the University and some private donors. The idea of the institute is to honor Cobell and her legacy.


March 20, 2013

  • HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — The suspended chairman of the Chippewa Cree Tribe was arrested Wednesday while attempting to return to his office, an escalation of his dispute with the governing council that is trying to oust him.

    Ken Blatt St. Marks was led away in handcuffs a day after tribal Judge Duane Gopher lifted a temporary restraining order that had barred St. Marks from tribal headquarters, the Havre Daily News reported .

March 19, 2013

  • HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — The Chippewa Cree's governing council has suspended the tribe's chairman on allegations of neglect and misconduct, but Ken St. Marks says the body took action against him because of his cooperation with a federal corruption investigation.

    St. Marks was suspended for allegedly violating his duty, a lack of ethical responsibility and a disregard for the obligations he assumed upon his election in November, a statement released Friday by the Chippewa Cree Business Council said.

  • BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A mining company plans exploratory work beginning this spring on private property within Montana's Crow Indian Reservation that's estimated to hold 400 million tons of coal.

    The proposal from Signal Peak Energy adds to a spate of recent interest in the region's huge coal reserves despite flagging domestic demand for the fuel.

    Signal Peak operates the Bull Mountain mine north of Billings and exports much of its coal to customers in Asia.

March 13, 2013

  • HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) — The chairman of a northern Michigan Indian tribe says he'll sign a same-sex marriage bill Friday, then preside at the wedding of two men.

    The legislative body of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians voted 5-4 on March 3 to amend the Harbor Springs-based tribe's laws to allow same-sex marriages. The Petoskey News-Review ( ) reports that tribal Chairman Dennis McNamara says he'll sign the bill Friday morning.

  • MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three alleged members of an American Indian gang known for terrorizing people in the Upper Midwest were part of a criminal enterprise in which members dealt drugs, attacked informants and used other violent tactics to maintain the gang and its reputation, federal prosecutors said during closing arguments Tuesday in the men's trial.

  • Federal officials say the AmericanIndian College Fund will administer a scholarship program that is part of a $3.4 billion government settlement with Native American landowners.

    The settlement led by the late Elouise Cobell of Browning, Mont., was finalized last fall. Besides paying hundreds of thousands of landowners for mismanaged royalties and consolidating fractionated, individually owned land parcels, the settlement sets aside up to $60 million for scholarships for Native American students.

  • CINCINNATI (AP) — Daryl Baldwin was born around the time that his Miami Tribe of Oklahoma was losing its last generation of fluent speakers and facing the possibility that its language would die with them.

March 5, 2013

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona tribal members say they're shocked by a television sitcom that made fun of one of the most pervasive social ills on AmericanIndian reservations — alcoholism.

    One of the characters on the CBS show "Mike & Molly" joked about drunken Indians in Arizona, a state that is home to 21 federally recognized American Indian tribes. Although drinking and selling alcohol largely is banned on reservations, it can easily be found in border towns, brought in by bootleggers or sneaked past authorities.

March 4, 2013

  • HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Legislature will consider year-round bison hunting and prohibitions on the animals' movements amid a slew of bison-related measures to be tackled during the second half of the legislative session.

    Senate Bill 143 is one of the most contentious bison bills this session. Besides extending the current three-month bison hunting season year-round, the measure would increase the number of bison that could be killed and prohibit the transfer of wild bison.

March 2, 2013

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new report shows that 2011 revenue from American Indian casinos in New Mexico are steadily recovering from the recession.

    KUNM-FM reports that Casino City's latest Indian Gaming Industry Report shows that that revenue grew by more than 2 percent in 2011. That's up from just 0.4 percent in 2010.

Blog Entries

  • May 23, 2012

    By Stacy Thacker, University of Montana

    Last week Johnny Depp became a member of the Comanche tribe based on his character "Tonto," in his newest movie "The Lone Ranger." While he has claimed to be part Native American for years he is now officially a Comanche.

    I can't argue that it would be cool to say you were the same tribe as Johnny Depp but I can't seem to figure out what the purpose was for this.

  • May 23, 2012

    By Stacy Thacker, University of Montana

    In the past few years the Navajo Nation has decided to try its hand at gaming. While this has been both controversial and welcomed, there is a new study that shows that it might be among the best ideas that many tribes have had.

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Casinos have proven to be something of a health miracle.

  • May 17, 2012

    By Sunnie Clahchischiligi

    On May 14 I put on my most professional looking outfit, grabbed my notebooks, handful of pens and recorder then headed out to cover my first school board meeting on the Navajo reservation.

    Being a sports writer most of my career it’s never really been my area to attend a board meeting or really any meeting for that matter, but there was something different about this one.

    In April, I read about a meeting the board had. It was tense, over the top and very interesting, which surprised me.

  • May 17, 2012

    By Stacy Thacker, University of Montana

    Native Americans fought Vikings?! And built a pyramid that is being destructed?! Pilgrims offered themselves to Natives as slaves for food?!

    This week, writers Jack O'Brien and Elford Alley, of decided to explore the "6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America."

  • May 3, 2012

    By Stacy Thacker, University of Montana
    Growing up in Indian Country and running endless dirt roads has proven to be successful for Alvina Begay, Navajo, who qualified for the Olympic Trials last weekend at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitation in northern California.

  • May 3, 2012

    By Stacy Thacker, University of Montana

    This week was the season finale of Navajo Cops and I missed it! I'm not sure how many of you out there were in the same twilight zone I was in but when I checked the TV guide it was all about how to survive an apocalypse or something of the sort.

  • May 3, 2012

    By Santee Ross, University of Montana

    Puberty sucks. I don’t know about everyone else but puberty was an awkward part of my life. I didn’t believe growing pains were real until my back and legs decided to grow a couple inches practically overnight.

  • May 3, 2012

    By Sunnie Clahchischiligi

    Every other day or so I’ll make a 20-plus minute drive to Farmington, N.M. the closest border town to the Navajo reservation in my neck of the woods.

    The approximate 15-mile stretch has rolling hills with small businesses along side the road and just as you make the final stretch into the edge of the city there it is. On the right hand side, alone, big, beautifully lit at night, though surrounded by dirt and plenty of mobile homes.

    It’s the Navajo Nation’s third and newest casino, Northern Edge Navajo Casino.

  • May 3, 2012

    By Lee Longhorn

    BIXBY, Okla.---- Johnny Depp will play Tonto in Disney's version of "The Lone Ranger" due out in 2013. Well, that's old news. The news that is buzzing around the internet is pictures of him dressed up as the sidekick and Armie Hammer is listed to be playing the Lone Ranger. Hammer's recent roles include playing the Winklevoss twins in "Social Network" and Clyde Tolson in Clint Eastwood's drama “J. Edgar”. Based on previous films I have seen these two in, albeit seperately, I do believe that this movie may actually work.

  • May 2, 2012

    By Santee Ross, University of Montana

    Close your eyes. Now when I say Cinco de Mayo what comes to mind? Mariachi bands, sombreros and most importantly mexican food, right? Ah yea, Mexican food is by far one of my favorites, not only eat but to cook.