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Indigenous Lawmaker Compares Trump's 'Pocahontas' Remark To Racial Slur

A bipartisan group of indigenous state lawmakers just published a letter condemning the President’s use of the name “Pocahontas” in a recent Montana rally. They say it hurts the already-wounded image of Native American women.

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Parts of the Mountain West region have joined a number of state legislatures introducing tax credits to help low-income Americans. Utah could be the latest.

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A bipartisan group of indigenous state lawmakers just published a letter condemning the President’s use of the name “Pocahontas” in a recent Montana rally. They say it hurts the already-wounded image of Native American women.

Pikas are fluffy mammals that live at high altitudes across the West. They squeak when danger nears. The squeaky fluff-balls are considered indicators of climate change because they’re so sensitive to heat. Scientists say they have found some of animals in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains are behaving strangely.

Jessica Castillo Vardaro, a wildlife biologist with the University of California, Berkeley, studies pika genetics, a field that can involve some unusual data collection methods.

Chief Stanley Charles Grier hands over a declaration to Yellowstone deputy superintendent Pat Kenney
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A controversy over the names of two landmarks in Yellowstone National Park highlight a forgotten genocide in the U.S. and how historical awareness, conflicting narratives and misinformation help muddy the waters.


Every day, about 19 people move to Boise. And that growth is creating a housing crunch in the valley.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the agency is turning its attention to investing in infrastructure, especially in the national parks. Zinke said during a brief stop in Billings, Interior has spent a lot of time on energy development, including renewables, and now it’s time to change focus.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks with the press.
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U.S Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke explained the abrupt departure of Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk on the radio show Montana Talks Wednesday. The incoming superintendent is military veteran Cameron Sholly.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit to Montana brought news that the federal government was paying its full share of money to local governments help offset their property taxes losses because there’s federal lands within their jurisdictions.

Nuclear testing during the Cold War sent radioactive fallout far away from the actual test sites. Politicians are moving to expand who can be compensated by the government for getting sick after exposure to that fallout.

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Playlist #1911 Jun. 22, 2017

“Blue Light Boogie”, Cozy Eggleston, Honkers And Barwalkers vol. 1, Delmark Records, http://www.delmark.com

“Three Women Blues”, Blind Willie McTell, The Early Years 1927-1933, Yazoo Records

“Three Ball Blues”, Blind Boy Fuller, News And The Blues Telling It Like It Is (various artists), Columbia Records, http://www.columbiarecords.com

The Great Salt Lake is vast — around 1,700 square miles of state and federal public lands.

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U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines both say their chamber’s version of the Farm Bill is good news for Montana farmers and ranchers and their hopeful a bill will pass the U.S. Senate this week.

A U.S. District Court sided with wildlife advocates this week. It ruled that a federal agency ignored scientific studies that did not support its justification for killing animals.

The Supreme Court ruled today that so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” do not have to make it clear to clients that they are not licensed medical facilities.

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