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Montana Tribes Receive Part Of Major Settlement Concerning Lands

In the settlement reached Thursday, the Little Shell Tribe and the Chippewa Cree Tribe in Montana along with the Turtle Mountain Tribe of North Dakota and the White Earth Tribe of Minnesota will share a $59 million settlement with the U.S. government. It is the result of a lawsuit over a series of claims dating back to land deals from the late 1800s in which the government underpaid the tribes by tens of millions of dollars.

 

Talks Begin For Determining New Montana Congressional Districts

At a meeting of the state Districting and Apportionment Commission Thursday, the debate began to take shape over how the next few years will shake out with the April announcement that Montana will gain a second congressional district in 2022. The commission will draw Montana’s new congressional district along with its 150 legislative districts. The five-person body comprises two members from each major political party plus a nonpartisan member selected by the state Supreme Court.

Professor Natelson Talks Possible Legal Action For Recent EPA Water Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency intends to reverse the Navigable Waters Protection Rule but pledged not to return to overreaching regulations of the past, which were opposed by farmers and ranchers who care about clean water and preserving the land. Rob Natelson, a Senior Fellow in Constitutional Jurisprudence at the Independence Institute in Denver, was on Voices of Montana Thursday.