Native American

Former State Representative Paulette Jordan has won the Democratic primary in Idaho’s gubernatorial race. If Jordan wins in November, she’d become the first woman governor of Idaho and the first Native American governor in the country.


A record number of Native Americans are running for political office this year nationally and in the Mountain West.

Two Native Americans were pulled out of a college tour this week when a parent told campus police the young men were making her nervous.

Jackie Yamanaka

A Montana civil rights panel wants to learn more about alleged discrimination that affects Native Americans when it comes to the criminal justice system and interactions with law enforcement. Billings Police Chief Rich St. John says he looks forward to discussing this issue in Montana’s largest community Thursday in Hardin.

Resounds: MSU Billings Powwow, Marita Growing Thunder

Mar 26, 2018
Anna Paige

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the MSU Billings Powwow, one of the biggest student-led American Indian events in the Northwest. All Montana’s tribal nations, as well as Native American nations from Wyoming, North Dakota, and Canada will take part.

Students, faculty, and staff join together to help put on this event, and Reno Charette, Director of the Native American Achievement Center at MSU Billings, Brennon Chesarek, intern at the Center, and Ashler Bearcrane, MSUB Intertribal Indian Club President joined YPR in the studio to discuss this annual tradition, which takes place this year on April 6th and 7th on the campus of Montana State University Billings.

The Bureau of Land Management held an online auction Tuesday for oil and gas leases in southeastern Utah. Conservation groups and Native Americans protested drilling in places that are also rich with cultural meaning.

Jackie Yamanaka

Public comment is being sought on whether Native Americans face discrimination from law enforcement and in the criminal justice system. The testimony gathered is part of a public hearing on bordertown racism to be held in Hardin, Montana on March 29, 2018.

Jackie Yamanaka

Saint Vincent Healthcare in Billings joins Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls in employing a health disparities coordinator.

Kassie Runsabove, in conversation with Jackie Yamanaka, talks about her work as a cultural liaison for Montana’s largest minority population – Native Americans.

Jackie Yamanaka

Thousands of people gathered at events across Montana Saturday to participate in this year’s Women’s March. Each event had its own organizers and theme.  

In Billings, the organizers issued this call to action, run for something. State Senator Jen Gross, one of the organizers, says that could be a run for elected office, run to the polls, or to run to a community organization and volunteer.


MSU Billings University Relations

Montana’s Native American children face greater barriers to opportunity than their peers in other states according to the 2017 Race for Results study released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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