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Billings Gazette: International visitors craving authentic Indian Country experiences

When tourists - particularly international visitors - come to Indian Country, they're eager to become immersed in an authentic experience, like being paired with a tribal elder to learn how to weave a beautiful basket. Anna Barrera can show visitors true authenticity - maybe even help arrange the trip of a lifetime - with just a few keystrokes. Barrera and her mentor, Edward Hall, transportation specialist and tourism coordinator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, were co-presenters dur… Continue Reading


KPAX: Sen. Daines visits crews battling Roaring Lion Fire

HAMILTON - Montana's Republican Senator Steve Daines is echoed what many Bitterrooters felt Wednesday night: relief and appreciation for the firefighters battling the Roaring Lion fire. The state's junior Senator visited fire camp early Wednesday evening. Daines is the fourth Montana lawmaker to make the trip to the Type-1 camp at Hamilton High School, arriving in time for the evening recap of the crew's operations. Daines says he is proud of the firefighters who are risking their own live… Continue Reading


The Hill: Highlighting contributions of entrepreneurs, startup companies

For many Americans, a cornerstone of the American Dream is the opportunity to take an idea and turn it into a successful business. Our nation's economic prosperity was built on a foundation of American ingenuity and the drive to turn dreams into reality. As members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, we share a common goal of supporting the small businesses that are a key part of the American economy. This year we are joining together to celebrate the 4th Annual Startu… Continue Reading


The Missoulian: Hit with a 2x4: Senators push for action on Canadian softwood deal

"Cap-and-trade" has become a familiar phrase in energy policy discussions. Where U.S.-Canadian lumber imports are involved, it's more about "cap or trade." Last week, Montana's senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines added their signatures to a call for faster resolution of a softwood lumber dispute on the northern border. A new agreement could impose a cap on how much Canadian lumber can come south, or set trade rules for the amount of customs duties each truckload has to pay. Softwood m… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Glacier International Airport Receives Federal Grant for Master Plan

Glacier Park International Airport has received a $302,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to pay for a new master plan that will help guide the facility's future. The news that GPI would be receiving $302,000 from the FAA comes a week after the airport received $1.2 million from the federal government to reimburse it for recently purchased equipment. Airport Director Cindi Martin said the grant would help the airport update its master plan, which was last revised in 2009. She … Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Security is Our Top Priority

The Orlando terrorist attack bears a weight that cannot be overstated. There are 49 American families - mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends - who said goodbye and buried their loved ones far too soon. Montana is a long way from Orlando, but across our state there were vigils mourning this unnecessary loss of life. Montana, and the nation, unite with Orlando. This terrorist attack, the deadliest in American history since 9/11, was executed by a terrorist who pledged allegiance to I… Continue Reading


KGVO: Senator Steve Daines Urges Senator Jon Tester to Protect Colstrip

After an announcement that Colstrip units 1 and 2 will be shut down over the next six years due to a legal settlement over an environmental lawsuit, Montana Senator Steve Daines is criticizing President Obama, "fringe environmental groups," and fellow Montana Senator Jon Tester for over what he describes as "a step backwards" for Colstrip. "We have voted several times here on legislation to move forward to stop the president's Clean Power Plan, to stop whats going on at the EPA," Daines said. "… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Bill to name Diekmann peak introduced

Montana's congressional delegation has introduced a bill to name a Madison range peak after a Bozeman conservationist who died earlier this year. The bill, which was introduced on Wednesday, would name an unnamed peak in the Madison range after Alex Diekmann. Diekmann was a project manager for the Trust for Public Land for 16 years and worked on more than 55 projects that encompassed more than 100,000 acres. The 52-year-old died of cancer earlier this year. A groundswell of conservatio… Continue Reading


KMMS: U.S. Senate Moving Forward on Energy Bill

Senator Steve Daines today welcomed the next step to go to conference on, the next step in the legislative process, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which passed the U.S. Senate in April by a bipartisan vote of 85-12. "It's great to see momentum to permanently reauthorize LWCF, move forward critical forest reform to improve forest health and protect good-paying Montana energy jobs," Daines stated. This key legislation will help expand Montana energy production and at Daines' request wi… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Bozeman airport gets federal grant for new runway

The Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport has been awarded a $2.3 million federal grant to help cover the cost of building a new runway. The grant, issued to the Gallatin Airport Authority by the Federal Aviation Administration, will fund earthwork and drainage construction for a new 5,050-foot runway at the airport, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The additional runway will help improve congestion during peak traffic periods, the agency says. "These funds … Continue Reading


KGVO: Sen. Steve Daines Responds to Montana Health Insurance Rate Requests

Last week Montana Inusrance and Exchange Commissioner Monica Lindeen announced higher rate requests for the three health insurance providers on the Affordable Care Act's marketplace. Sen. Steve Daines responded to the rate request today. "President Obama promised that Obamacare would drive down the cost of healthcare premiums, but instead, we are seeing astronomical proposed increases for Montana," Daines said. "Obamacare continues to take money out of the pockets of hardworking Montana familie… Continue Reading


KGVO: Daines – Zinke React To FBI Refusal To Recommend Prosecution of Hillary Clinton

Two-thirds of Montana's Congressional Delegation are up in arms over FBI Director James Comey's refusal to recommend criminal charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her email issues. Republican Senator Steve Daines said it seems that there is a double standard for Washington insiders and the rest of the American population. "Our country was founded on the principle of equal justice for all, not just for some," Daines said. "Secretary Hillary Clinton should be held accou… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Havre airport gets funds for improvements

The Havre City-County Airport is among four Montana airports that will share a $1,465,311 grant for construction projects, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Wednesday. The airport will receive $144,900 to fund the design phase for the reconstruction of 15,000 square yards of the existing apron pavement that needs replacing. This project will fund the initial design phase for the rehabilitation of 3,700 feet of Taxiway A, 250 feet of Taxiway B, and 1,200 feet of Taxiway C needed to maintain… Continue Reading


Cherokee One Feather: Native Women victims to be remembered, honored

Hanna Harris, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, went missing on July 3, 2013. Her badly decomposed body was found five days later near the rodeo grounds on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Lame Deer, Mont. Due to the decomposition of her body, it was impossible to determine an exact cause of death, but Eugenia Ann Rowland, of Pine Ridge, SD, admitted to beating her and pleaded guilty to second degree murder. She was sentenced to 22 years in prison in February 2015, and h… Continue Reading


Capital Press: Senators blast federal agencies over sage grouse plans

U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management officials were in the hot seat recently as senators from Western states criticized the agencies' top-down approach in new land use plans for sage grouse conservation. Senators chastised the agencies' disregard of state input in federal plans announced last September as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's decision not to list the bird under the Endangered Species Act. They pointed out that the states' investments in management plans and local c… Continue Reading


Helena Independent Record: Patriotism on Parade

I can think of no better place to be than home in Montana to celebrate the Fourth of July. Over the holiday weekend I'll be walking in the Livingston parade, honoring World War II Veteran Louis Armentaro and spending quality time with my sweet wife Cindy and our loved ones. In the midst of this holiday I'm humbled as I reflect on the birth of American independence. The declaration of our Founding Fathers, "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain … Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Resolution to focus on plight of Native American women

Montana's congressional delegation introduced a resolution Tuesday to designate May 5 as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls in memory of the birthday of Hanna Harris, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe who was murdered in July 2013. The resolution by U.S. Sens Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke will honor the lives of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native women. According to a Department of Justice study, in some tr… Continue Reading


Great Falls TribuneMontana tribes get funds to improve health care access

The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes will receive $297,041 to improve access to high-quality health care, a U.S. senator said Monday. The Telehealth Network Grant Program through the Department of Health and Human Services focuses on improving access to quality health care services in rural, frontier and underserved communities. They improve the quality of health care services; training of health care providers and increase health information available to health care providers,patients a… Continue Reading


Seattle Times: Legislation aims to rescue stranded 401(k) plans

The typical American worker stays at a job for only four years. As many find out, switching employers can upset your retirement plan. The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates two in five employees cash out small 401(k) balances when they leave their jobs. They pay taxes and penalties while never giving their money a chance to grow. Or, workers can end up accumulating a collection of 401(k) plans throughout their careers, with small balances spread out at various old employers. It's a… Continue Reading


KBZK: Senator Steve Daines to join Congressional Fire Services Caucus

Senator Steve Daines met with local firefighters in Bozeman to announce steps he'll take to represent the needs of professional and volunteer firefighters across the state. Daines explained how he will address safety for first responders. "We need to honor these men and women, these firefighters, support them and make sure they are taken care of," said Daines. Senator Steve Daines announced in Bozeman that he will be joining the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. This is one of the largest … Continue Reading

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