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Tester presses BIA, HUD to cut burdensome red tape in Indian country

WASH. D.C. — U.S. Senator Jon Tester pressed the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Department of Housing and Urban Development to cut burdensome red tape that has prevented Montana tribal members from obtaining home loans. “The fact of the matter is that if you want to have a healthy community, you’ve got to have housing,” Tester said. “The folks who are in this room and have seen the situation in Indian country know that housing is horrible. It’s just like inner city poverty — quite frankly— on many of the tribes in this country, and Montana is no exception.” Tribal members living on trust lands face unique barriers to attaining homeow...

Make Census count

One of the most important civic duties Montanans will participate in next year is filling out and responding to the 2020 U.S. Census.  It’s the Census, done every 10 years, that’s responsible for deciding how much federal money comes into Montana. And in a small state like ours, every dol...

Governor Bullock calls on RNC to halt deceptive surveys

News from the Governor's office MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today sent a letter to the Republican National Committee urging the group to cease and desist from issuing imitation Census surveys in a fundraising effort.   “These imitation Census surveys are designed to confuse Mont...

Missoula post office named for Jeannette Rankin

News from U.S. House of Representatives WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed Congressman Greg Gianforte’s bill to name a Missoula post office in honor of Jeannette Rankin. The legislation, H.R. 1972, names the post office at 1100 West Kent Ave. in Missoula aft...

 Governor directs ban on flavored e-cigarettes

News from the Office of the Governor  MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock directed the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to implement emergency administrative rules to temporarily prohibit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.  “Young Montanans are using e-cigarette...

Commissioners discuss jail expansion levy Commissioners discuss jail expansion levy

RONAN — The jail expansion levy was discussed during a community outreach meeting Oct. 6 at the Ronan Community Center, which was attended by all three Lake County commissioners, representatives from the Lake County Attorney’s Office and Lake County Sheriff’s Office.  The county loc...

Ronan Police Department replaces old patrol units Ronan Police Department replaces old patrol units

RONAN – Santa Claus came a little early this year for the Ronan Police Department thanks to the addition of three brand new patrol vehicles. The 2019 Dodge Chargers, which have been on the streets since the first of the month, replaced the department’s well used 2002 Chevy Tahoe, 2006 Ford Cro...

Commission takes action on animal welfare

POLSON – An approved ordinance will better protect pets in city limits. City code compliance officer Matt Ellermann introduced the ordinance. He said he gets between two and eight complaints of animal abuse or neglect every month. In recent months, the number of reports has increased.  Before t...

Tribal reps withdraw from task force over attorney general's support for Keystone pipeline

MISSOULA  — Two representatives from the Fort Peck and Fort Belknap Indian reservations pulled out of Attorney General Tim Fox’s new Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force on Monday after Fox filed to intervene in a lawsuit against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in support of the Trump adm...

Tester secures millions for Indian Country

News from U.S. Senator Jon Tester BIG SANDY — U.S. Senator Jon Tester is announcing nearly $8 million in Department of Justice grant funding for Montana Tribes, as part of his ongoing effort to provide resources to Indian Country to bolster tribal courts, support victims, and combat violence again...

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