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New West Daily Roundup for Aug. 22, 2016

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Today in New West news: tensions high between homeless living in national forests and nearby towns, the parasite that killed thousands of Yellowstone whitefish, and Routt County Treasurer rejects tax payment from Peabody Energy.

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New West Daily Roundup for Aug. 5, 2016


Today in New West news: developing Bozeman’s skyline, Utah senators propose mountain bikes in the wilderness, and wild horses in Wyoming.

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New West Daily Roundup for July 12, 2016


Today in New West news: housing density in Bozeman, SLC-based Stratean Inc. acquires CleanSpark, Idaho Steel, and Rocky Mountain Makerspace Conference.

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New West Daily Roundup for June 24, 2016

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Today in New West news: Jackson Hole tops “most economically unequal area in America” list, BYU-Idaho students design exhibit for Teton Geotourism Center, Utah Business’ 2016 Outstanding Directors Awards, and an update on Sports Authority.

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New West Daily Roundup for June 16, 2016


Today in New West news: building Zion in Provo, UT; Wind River Indian Reservation featured in new documentary, Bozeman teacher takes science gospel worldwide, and a Boulder fertility company receives $25K in venture capital.

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New West Daily Roundup for Jan. 4, 2016


Today in New West news: debate over public land flares up as armed group moves onto Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, tiny homes in Colorado, and the best (and worst) cities to find a job.

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New West Daily Roundup for Dec. 21, 2015

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Today in New West news: the most caring cities in America in 2015, Scatec Solar debuts Utah’s first utility-scale solar plant, and millennials streaming to New West cities.

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New West Daily Roundup for Dec. 10, 2015

Photo credit: Gleen Asakawa, University of Colorado

Here’s your New West news: Colorado small business ownership, a follow-up regarding Yellowstone grizzlies, legal ambiguity enters Utah public lands debate, and could Montana lose a county?

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More Non-Indians Choosing Tribal Colleges

Chris Hilfer and Noel Stewart, both white, learned unexpected lessons during their first year at college. They found out what it’s like to be in a racial minority. Both young people are non-Indian or non-beneficiary students who are enrolled in tribal colleges. Hilfer, 22, attends United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) in Bismarck, North Dakota; Stewart, also 22, attends Blackfeet Community College in Browning, Montana, on the Blackfeet reservation. The greatest numbers of non-beneficiary students are located on “checker board” reservations, in which Indian land is not contiguous, such as the Blackfeet and Salish Kootenai reservations in Montana. The Dawes Act of 1887 authorized the federal government to divide reservation land and allot tracts to individual tribal members. The head of each household received 160 acres with the remaining land available to non-Indians. Over time, many Indians sold their property or lost it through a variety of swindles. Today many non-Indians may live on land that is surrounded by reservation land.

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On the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Be Advised: Don’t Drink the Water

Since moving to her home more than 20 years ago, Laveta Killsnight has never drunk her tap water. “My water’s plum orange,” she says. Killsnight, a diabetes technician with long, graying hair and a wide grin, lives in Muddy Cluster, a small town on the Northern Cheyenne Indian reservation in southeastern Montana. The reservation, home to about 4,800 people, is dotted with small housing clusters separated by dozens of miles of rolling plains and curving two-lane highway. Hard water is a problem in much of this territory, but it's a particular problem on the reservation, which often lacks the equipment and funding to put in better water systems. The tribe’s administration operates on less than $2 million a year, and the money is spread thinly among housing, health and education services. The Northern Cheyenne tribe is known nationally for its environmentalism and pristine landscape. But for a tribe that fought for and succeeding in getting Class 1 air status—the same air quality standards as a national park—what they don’t always have is good water.

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