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Following governor’s response, CSKT issue statement regarding PL 280

News from Gwen Lankford, CSKT Executive Communications PABLO — On March 1, 2024, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte provided correspondence to the Lake County Board of Commissioners that the State of Montana plans to retrocede from the termination-era policy known as Public Law 280 (PL 280) on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The Governor’s letter was in response to Lake County’s November 2023 notice of withdrawal of consent to enforce Public Law 280. Under state law, Governor Gianforte has until May 20, 2024 to issue an official proclamation recognizing the County’s withdrawal. At this point in the process, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) con...

Polson Middle School: track season starts March 25

News fromSchool District No. 23 As we approach the end of the school year we hope this message finds you well. With a late start for the 2024-25 school year calendar we are excited to share some upcoming events and opportunities for our students to get involved in the fall activities for the 2024-25 year....

GNP announces 2023 visitation data

News from Glacier National Park WEST GLACIER — Glacier National Park was in the top 15 most visited national parks in 2023, hosting 2,933,616 recreation visits for the year. Recreational visits were up 0.9% from 2022 representing the 6th busiest year in Glacier’s history. Monthly records ...

Justice, Interior Departments 0utline commitment to MMIP

News from the U.S. Dept. of Justice and Dept. of the Interior WASHINGTON – The Departments of Justice and the Interior recently released their joint response to the Not Invisible Act Commission’s recommendations on how to combat the missing or murdered Indigenous peoples (MMIP) and human tra...

FWP gears up for new watercraft inspection season FWP gears up for new watercraft inspection season

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks HELENA — Several watercraft inspection stations begin operation in early March to check snowbird boat traffic returning from mussel-positive areas such as Lakes Mead and Havasu. Boat owners coming to Montana must have their vessel inspected for aquatic ...

Valley Views

HELENA — On Tuesday, March 5, Governor Gianforte was denied his latest attempt to circumvent the Montana Legislature’s authority when the Lewis and Clark District Court upheld a January court order, requiring his veto of Senate Bill 442 to go before the Legislature for a possible veto override vo...

Public health, coffee shops join forces to promote colorectal cancer screening

News from DPHHS HELENA — Public health officials and numerous Montana coffee shops have announced a continued effort today to promote the importance of colorectal cancer screening among individuals ages 45 to 75. As part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, the Department of Public He...

$3.1M awarded to cross-boundary forest restoration projects

News from DNRC    HELENA — The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) has awarded $3.1 million to fund projects to reduce wildfire risk to communities and improve forest health.   “By supporting these community-driven projects, we’re not only tackli...

Kodiak Bear resistant garbage cans available Kodiak Bear resistant garbage cans available

News from CSKT FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Unsecured garbage is the #1 reason for human-bear conflict on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The CSKT Wildlife Management Program appreciates the good stewardship of Reservation residents that practice methods to prevent these avoidable human-wildlife confli...

Tester: Missoula Post Office relocation unacceptable

News from the office of Senator Tester U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Jon Tester issued the following statement on March 7 in response to the reported decision by USPS Postmaster Louis DeJoy to relocate Missoula’s Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) outgoing operations to Spokane, Wash...

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