Daines Calls on Interior Secretary Jewell to Visit Colstrip, Crow Reservation During Upcoming Travel to Montana

U.S. SENATE —Senator Steve Daines today called on Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to tour Colstrip and the Crow Reservation during her upcoming travel to Montana.

“Secretary Jewell needs to hear directly from the people impacted by Interior’s actions and come to communities like Colstrip and the Crow Reservation to see what it means for Montana families,” Daines stated. “We’ve already seen layoffs in coal communities across our state as a result of the Obama administration’s war on coal. I encourage Secretary Jewell to meet with folks in Colstrip and the Crow tribe to hear directly from them about the impact of her anti-coal regulations on Montana families, tribal members and our state’s economy.”  

Jewell is planning an upcoming visit to Montana that does not include travel to Montana towns that rely on coal for good-paying jobs that support hardworking Montana families. Unemployment on the Crow Reservation could skyrocket over 80 percent if it weren’t for the local jobs that coal supports. 

Daines has repeatedly called on Jewell to have meaningful consultation with states and tribes, like the Crow tribe. He recently blasted her decision to exclude Montanans during the proposed review of their moratorium on coal leasing.