Rural Montana had already lost too many Native women. Then Selena disappeared.

For decades, with little public notice, Native women and girls have gone missing or been found murdered. The disappearance of Selena Not Afraid is showing how much things are changing.

BIG HORN COUNTY, Mont. — Jackie Big Hair slept in her car again, waking every few hours to fire up the engine and gaze at the frozen highway rest stop where her 16-year-old daughter had been reported missing. “I just have to be here,” Ms. Big Hair, 50, said, watching semis lumber across the plains. “I don’t know where else […]

Carrying a message of healing

Three St. Joseph’s Indian School siblings have experienced a horseback ride that is unlike any other. Jasleen Archambeau, Isaiah Keeble and Ezmiah Middletent joined their grandfather Wilfred Keeble this winter on the Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride that took place from December 8 to 26, 2019. This ride is a 16-day spiritual journey that honors the 38 Dakota warriors who were […]

Johnson’s Tribal Parity Bill passes out of committee

Tribal Grant School Employees would be eligible for Federal Employee Health Benefits

WASHINGTON – The House Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed the Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act (H.R. 895), which was introduced by U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) earlier this year. This legislation would amend Section 409 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to clarify that tribal grant schools are eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) […]

How SNAP cuts impact Indian Country

WASHINGTON – After the Trump Administration announced changes to food assistance qualifications, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) and leading Democrats sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, demanding answers on the impacts to Indian Country and lack of tribal consultation. Nationwide, an estimated 3.6 million people will not have access to SNAP assistance that […]