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Articles with the Tag: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Montana sticks to patchwork COVID vaccine rollout as eligibility expands Montana sticks to patchwork COVID vaccine rollout as eligibility expands

MONTANA — Montana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution is among the most efficient in the nation, but closer examination reveals a patchwork of systems among counties and tribal governments that will be put to the test as the state opens vaccine eligibility to all people 16 and older starting this mon...

Man awaits trial for strangulation, theft charges Man awaits trial for strangulation, theft charges

Larrs Jalen Omingo, 20, of St. Ignatius, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson, on March 17, to felony strangulation of a partner or family member and theft. According to court records, on March 4, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Police responded to the St. Ignatius area concern...

Three remarkable indigenous women celebrated for Women’s History Month

For Women’s History Month, we are celebrating three indigenous women: Kwilqa, Pend d’Oreille, who became a woman warrior, brave and fearless; Christine Quintasket, Salish, who was the first Native American woman to publish a novel as well as stories on her culture; and Adeline Abraham Mathias, Ko...

Irrigation fees could be reduced

Editor,  In my Valley Journal Feb. 3 letter, “New cooperative entity could improve irrigation,” I discussed how a new cooperative agreement between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Flathead Irrigation District could improve management of our irrigation project, but irri...

COVID-19 vaccination experience shared COVID-19 vaccination experience shared

When the staff at Providence St. Joseph called last Wednesday to schedule my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, I was surprised at the tears that popped into my eyes. After all, it’s been 11 months of masking up and keeping my distance from all but a handful of friends and family members. Is the end o...

SB 138 would repeal a temporary tax exemption for tribal properties SB 138 would repeal a temporary tax exemption for tribal properties

MONTANA — Tribal leaders and advocates pushed back Tuesday, Feb. 2, against a Republican lawmaker’s bill that would eliminate a property tax exemption for tribal lands.  The Senate Taxation Committee held the first hearing for Senate Bill 138 on Tuesday. Bill sponsor Sen. Greg Hertz, R-Po...

New staff hired as LCCDC changes name to Mission West New staff hired as LCCDC changes name to Mission West

RONAN — The past year has brought a slew of new faces to Mission West Community Development Partners. The recruitment of new talent, fueled by passion for community development, is intentional, says Executive Director Jim Thaden.  “It’s a fact that the populations of the counties we...

Lake County tax exemptions halted for land going into trust

LAKE COUNTY — Temporary tribal tax exemptions for property being put into trust status is currently suspended in Lake County. The change comes from a new agreement between Lake County and the Montana Department of Revenue. “The agreement stipulates that the Department of Revenue will grant no ...

Conservation speaker series opens with bear ecology

News from the Lake County Conservation District The Lake County Conservation District kicks off its third annual conservation speaker series Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. The speaker series consists of three speakers on the subject of living with wildlife. This month, wildlife biologist Kari Eneas wit...

Local support, history for resort tax shared

In 2015, the City of Polson asked local citizens to volunteer for the Economic Development Council. As a business owner on Main Street since 1994, I thought I might have something to offer and volunteered. Our first task was to review and advise the city council on the use of a resort tax.  The Monta...

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