Courtesy of Jason Baldes

For the first time in 130 years, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe welcomed a newborn baby buffalo on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.

The cute calf with high spiritual importance to the Eastern Shoshone was nearly eradicated by white settlers in the 19th century—so this spring birth marks a new approach and celebration of restorative justice.

Courtesy Sen. Steve Daines
Courtesy Sen. Steve Daines

U.S. Justice Department data shows Native women are 10 times as likely to be murdered as other Americans. They’re four times as likely to be raped or sexually assaulted. Yellowstone Public Radio's Brie Ripley and Montana Public Radio's Edward O'Brien report. 

  • Idaho Power has announced its intention to close a Nevada coal plant it co-owns with NV Energy 10 years sooner than planned, a move that would shutter both units at Nevada's last utility-owned, coal-burning power plant by 2025
  • A South African gold mining company has completed a $2.2 billion acquisition of the only U.S. producer of platinum and palladium
  • A Canadian uranium mining company says it has taken steps to prevent
    radioactive sludge from leaking during shipment again and shouldn't be fined

  • Now that the 2017 Legislative session is over, Gov. Steve Bullock faces a stack of bills on his desk to consider for his signature or vetoes, although there are still some 100 pieces of legislation that have yet to be delivered to himz
  • Three Montana cities--Bozeman, Helena and East Helena-- passed school bonds for new construction of  elementary schools and a  high school,  in yesterday’s voting
  • Yesterday voters in Laramie and Teton counties approved a number of projects to be funded with local sales taxes, although the expansion of the court facilities in Cheyenne is subject to a recount  because the vote is close
  • Wyoming corrections officials will soon sign off with CoreCivic, former Corrections Corporation of America, to house inmates of the structurally unsound Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins becomes uninhabitable
  • Wyoming constituents were disappointed at an event yesterday when Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Rep. Liz Cheney sent stand-in representatives to meet with the crowd instead of coming themselves

Photo Courtesy of Chuck Tingle

An author who claims Billings as home has a cult-like following in the tens of thousands online for his absurd takes on current events.

While you may not have heard of the Tingler phenomenon, this guy is more than just online. YPR's Brie Ripley set out to unmask the author and figure out what the point is of the tangled web he weaves.

  • The Democratic candidate for Montana's U.S. House seat has reported an additional $57,000 in income previously not included in the financial disclosure statement he filed two months ago
  • The University of Wyoming is expecting layoffs in the coming weeks as it deals with more than $40 million in budget cuts
  • Forecasters are predicting significant wildfire activity this summer across the southwestern U.S. and in Florida, Georgia plus some parts of California and Nevada

  • While more than 250 bills are still on their way to the governor's desk, more than 550 died in committee or on the floors of the Montana House and Senate
  • Mike Enzi has apologized to a well-known Douglas cross-dresser for comments he says coincidentally fit the man's description
  • A new environmental study says a coal-export terminal proposed in southwest Washington would have major impacts on local communities, access to tribal fishing sites and rail safety