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CSKT appeals proposed constitutional amendment

  PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes filed an appeal with the Interior Board of Appeals of the United States Department of the Interior.  The appeal came in response to a Sept. 20 decision by BIA Northwest Regional Director Stanley Speaks to hold a secretarial election.  The People’s Voice requested the election so CSKT tribal members could vote on a proposed amendment to the CSKT constitution. The proposed amendment would allow the membership to file a petition of at least one-third of the eligible voters of the Flathead Reservation, to recall any tribal councilperson from office for malfeasance, or any part of the CSKT’s Constitut...


Only 5 vote difference in FJBC election

POLSON —  Results of a mail election polling Flathead Indian Irrigation Project irrigators have been canvassed and the final figures are close — 36,593 for and 36,588 against.  Irrigators may have one to several hundred votes based on how many irrigable acres they own. The irrigat...

Outcry over racially insensitive remarks brings response

RAVALLI — As of Monday afternoon the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes had not received an apology from Ravalli County Commissioners in regards to racially offensive statements allegedly made by County Planning Board Chairman Jan Wisniewski of Darby.  According to media reports, Wisniewsk...

Reservation road kill off limits for non-tribal members Reservation road kill off limits for non-tribal members

FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Twenty-two big game animals were scraped from Montana highways and salvaged for the dinner table last week, but it’s unlikely any scenes from the Roadkill Cafe played out in Lake County. “The law does not apply to tribal lands,” Fish Wildlife, and Parks spoke...

Convicted kidnapper asks court to consider new evidence

POLSON — A man serving a 50-year sentence for the May 27, 2006 kidnapping of an 18-year-old Whitefish woman at a Bigfork festival has asked the Montana Supreme Court to consider new evidence in the case, although it’s unclear what the new evidence is. In a petition filed Nov. 20, Chuck Devlin ...

Shoppers support local businesses during Small Business Saturday Shoppers support local businesses during Small Business Saturday

POLSON — With Christmas day just 25 days away, many small businesses in Polson and Ronan were ready for the holidays with lights, wreaths, Christmas trees and ornaments just in time for Small Business Saturday Nov. 30. American Express started the day four years ago to encourage shoppers to support ...

Harvest Hoops benefit ‘Wild Rice’

RONAN — The good folks of Mountain West Co/Op of Ronan will be holding a fundraising basketball game for Coach Les Rice. Rice has been a rock for the Mission Lady Bulldogs basketball team as head coach for 34 years. He’s taken a step back and is now retiring from the game to focus on treatment he...

Flathead turkeys safe from feast Flathead turkeys safe from feast

LAKE COUNTY — Last week’s observance of Thanksgiving isn’t the only reason wild turkeys need not worry about receiving an ill-fated invitation to Mission Valley holiday dinners. Although many populations of the bird roam the Flathead Reservation, a combination of game laws and taste prefere...

Youth help town gear up for the holidays Youth help town gear up for the holidays

RONAN – It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in downtown Ronan, and some credit for that goes to the town’s youth. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Kicking Horse Job Corps students spent the day out in the cold, climbing ladders and twisting Christmas lights around posts and t...

Shopping online? Send money to local schools

LAKE COUNTY – Online retail is often seen as an arch nemesis of mom and pop stores, but if entering cyberspace for deals is a necessary evil this holiday season there is a way to make sure at least some of the dollars sent zooming across the globe make their way back to Mission Valley. It’s as...

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