Several people wearing red gathered on the steps of the Big Horn County Courthouse Wednesday with most of them carrying signs with the name of a young woman who had just turned 18 when she went missing. About 78,000 Indigenous people live in Montana, although they comprise less than 7% of the state’s population. According the data from the state Department of Justice, an Indigenous person is four times more likely to go missing in Montana than a non-Indigenous person.
A wetland restoration project in northwestern Montana has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Luke Lamar is conservation director for Swan Valley Connections. He says people can find unique species such a trumpeter swans and black terns at the refuge.