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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2017 


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Public News Service - MT: Native American Issues

The river walkers are traveling from the Missouri River's headwaters in Montana to its confluence with the Mississippi in Missouri. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

THREE FORKS, Mont. – Women from native tribes across the country begin their walk along the Missouri River today to show their respect for the water and raise awareness about protecting it. Starting at the headwaters in Three Forks, Montana, the women will walk over the next month and a half

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has taken grizzlies off the Endangered Species List after more than four decades of protection. (beingmyself/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. — Native American tribes say they were once again on the outside looking in - this time as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to remove the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone region from the Endangered Species List last week. Since 2016, more than 120 tribal nation

The public comment period for the review process of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument lasts until July 10. (Bob Wick/BLM)

BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument protects an area with a lot of history, including the first Native Americans and Lewis and Clark's expedition west. A review process from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is scrutinizing the area’s borders, and the public

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has temporarily blocked 40 Yellowstone bison from being slaughtered. (Jimmie/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Gov. Steve Bullock has temporarily banned the slaughter of Yellowstone bison in Montana, saving 40 bison held in the park right now. But their fate and the fate of many other bison still remains unclear. Last January, the National Park Service released a draft plan for a bi

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has delayed its decision to take the grizzly bear off the endangered species list. (Pat (Cletch) Williams/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Although the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has delayed its decision to take grizzlies off the endangered species list, native tribes are not the reason why – and that has many tribes wondering when they will play a bigger role in managing these bears. USFWS was

The 130,000-acre Badger-Two Medicine area in western Montana is now free of any oil or gas leases. (Dan/Flickr)

EAST GLACIER, Mont. – With the cancellation of the final two oil and gas leases at Badger-Two Medicine, a three-decades-long effort in western Montana is one step closer to preserving a landscape with ties to the Blackfeet Nation, dating back 10,000 years. Last week, the Interior Department

A confirmation hearing for Interior Secretary nominee Ryan Zinke is scheduled for today. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana's Ryan Zinke is scheduled for his confirmation hearing today to become secretary of the Interior. If confirmed, the first-term congressman would guide the nation's public lands, wildlife and natural resources. But Zinke's sometimes contradictory voting record has conser

Veterans are joining protestors of a pipeline planned to be routed through Native American land in North Dakota. (Becker 1999/Wikimedia Commons)

BILLINGS, Mont. – More than 2,000 military veterans plan to join the protest in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The group Veterans Stand for Standing Rock has organized nonviolent protests Sunday through Wednesday at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to act as human shield

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