The Billings Outpost

Totem aims at coal

A totem pole created by carvers from the Lummi Nation goes on temporary display at the Rocker Six Cattle Co. ranch. Photos by Alexis Bonogofsky

Children climb up on a flatbed for a closer look at a totem pole created by carvers from the Lummi Nation for the Northern Cheyenne people.NORTH OF ASHLAND – A 22-foot-tall totem pole that traveled 1,300 miles in 10 days had very nearly completed its journey by Sunday afternoon.

On a dry, dusty hill overlooking a big bend in the Tongue River near Ashland, representatives of the Lummi Nation officially turned the totem pole over to representatives of the Northern Cheyenne people. It will be displayed at a few other nearby locations before being placed on permanent display.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 23:06

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Protest to block road to Pryors

By DAVID CRISP - The Billings Outpost

Owners of allotted land on the Crow Indian Reservation say they plan to block a main road leading into the Pryor Mountains beginning Tuesday.

Elias Goes Ahead, a member of the group, said allottees planned to meet Wednesday, Sept. 2, to prepare a list of demands. He said that he did not anticipate a response from federal or tribal officials that would prevent blocking Sage Creek Road, which leads into the Custer National Forest and the Pryor Mountains.

Allottees, defined by federal law as Indians for whom land is held in trust by the federal government, plan to block the road on Tuesday, Sept. 8, he said.

The road has been used by the public for decades, but  there is no legal public easement there. The Beartooth Ranger District has been examining alternative routes, but work has been delayed by high costs and fractionated ownership in the area.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 23:07

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‘Native in a white world’

By STEPHEN DOW - For The Outpost


Nearly 75 people gathered to discuss pressing issues related to Native Americans at the Native American Race Relations and Healing Symposium last Saturday at the Billings Public Library.

The event was created by Montana writers Russell Rowland and Adrian Jawort and comprised three panel discussions. The first focused on Native American history while the second and third panels focused on the biggest problems facing Native Americans today and how to fix them.

Below are some of the highlights from those who spoke at what Jawort hopes will become an annual “community conversation” about race and racism.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 August 2015 08:39

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