State-Tribal Policy

We have a unique obligation in Montana to our tribal communities. Often, American Indians in our state face significant challenges including poverty, unemployment, and lack of access to education, health care, and other necessities. By focusing on these issues, we hope to reduce the inequality seen in these communities.

TAKING A SEAT AT THE TABLE: State Budget Handbook for Indian Country

December 17, 2014 Through the state budget, we as Montanans identify, prioritize, and fund the public services we all rely on for our safety, prosperity, and stability. Our state budget can be used to promote future economic prosperity through investments that create opportunities for American Indians with input and advocacy from Indian Country. While the federal budget plays a significant role in relieving poverty and building economic opportunity, the state budget also has substantial impact on the lives of American Indians living on and off reservations in Montana.

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April 24, 2017
Maybe it’s our relative isolation and inability to easily access sufficient mental and behavior healthcare. Or maybe it’s the elevation or the sigma we often associate with depression. Whatever the reason, Montana has had one of the highest suicide rates in the country for almost forty years.