An in-depth news and public affairs series hosted by Gene Brodeur which tackles issues across the state relating to politics and government, natural resources, business development, and social changes. Produced by Gene Brodeur and Scott Sterling for MontanaPBS.
Tribal leaders across the country are eagerly awaiting a decision in U.S. v. Lara, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that derives from an incident on the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota. How it is decided will surely affect issues of tribal sovereignty on reservations throughout the country. (According to the Grand Forks Herald, the U .S. government, the governments of 14 states, 18 Indian tribes and various other groups have filed briefs in the case.) Montana Focus talks with members of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council about the matter. Then Mike Jetty, a Spirit Lake Dakota Sioux, takes us to the 2004 MSU American Indian Club Pow Wow. (First Aired Thursday, April 22, 2004)