In the Shadow of Coal – Keeping Salt Off the Soil

Mark Fix has been ranching in the Tongue River Valley for long enough to see the effects of the 1990’s coal-bed methane boom, where the salinity of the river climbed to a dangerous level. The sodium bicarbonate flushed out of the coal and into the river began sealing up the soils on farms down stream, […]

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“In the Shadow of Coal” Series Featured on The Montana Experience!

The Montana Experience, a YouTube channel focusing on “the rich lives and amazing landscapes of America’s “last, best place”, just premiered my series “In the Shadow of Coal.” The Montana Experience is one of the best location-focused channels on the internet. Rather than being a dumping ground for slick (or not-so-slick) tourism videos, The Montana […]


Get Out the Vote with Western Native Voice

Why is the Native Vote so important? I interviewed three amazing people about what’s at stake for Native Americans at the polls, as well what might happen if all Native people cast their ballots. Montana has over 60,000 enrolled tribal members. Those voices have the power to change the electoral landscape.   Western Native Voice […]

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End of the Line – Documentary by Shannon Kring 1

As the largest gathering of Native Americans in history grows daily to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, it feels like we’ve hit a critical turning point in the US. Filmmaker Shannon Kring wants to tell the story of women, the traditional “guardians of the waters and of all life” who are risking their lives to stop […]


Standing Rock Resupply

On September 8th, 2016, Traci Isaly left Bozeman, Montana, and drove east. She picked up supplies donated by other Montanans, and delivered them to the protestors at the Standing Rock Encampment in North Dakota. I met Traci at her pickup stop outside of Western Native Voice in Billings, Montana, where she was kind enough to stop for […]

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