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Blair Miller, Daily Montanan

Blair Miller, Daily Montanan

Blair Miller is a reporter based in Helena who primarily covers government, climate and courts. He's been a journalist for more than 12 years, previously based in Denver, Albuquerque and mid-Missouri.

‘What do we have to do?’: Fresh awareness of historic nuclear radiation in Montana

By: - January 16, 2024

Growing up in Cut Bank, Montana, Patti Jo Ruegamer would spend most summer days going to the farm with her mother and father in Meriwether, about 25 miles west. While her parents worked, she would go to the neighbor’s place, where she and other children drank fresh milk from the cows there, and would spend […]

Two men indicted for illegal killing, trafficking of bald and golden eagles from Montana

By: - December 12, 2023

Two men were indicted by a federal grand jury in Montana on Friday on allegations they illegally killed 3,600 birds, including bald and golden eagles on the Flathead Indian Reservation, then illegally sold the eagles on the black market. Simon Paul and Travis John Branson were each indicted on one count of conspiracy, multiple counts […]

A phone screen shows images for WeChat and TikTok in front of a two flags split in the background. The flags are for the United States and China.

Federal judge issues preliminary injunction blocking effective date of Montana’s TikTok ban

By: - December 4, 2023

Saying Montana’s law banning TikTok in the state oversteps the state’s powers and infringes on people’s constitutional rights, a federal judge in Missoula on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction temporarily prohibiting the state from enforcing the law set to take effect Jan. 1. U.S. District of Montana Judge Donald Molloy found the law banning TikTok […]

Bipartisan U.S. Senate bill aims to boost bison tribal management, restoration

By: - October 10, 2023

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has again introduced a bill that aims to create a permanent bison program within the Department of Interior to help bolster tribal involvement in the restoration and management of the creatures on tribal lands. The Indian Buffalo Management Act, introduced Sept. 22 by Sens. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Markwayne […]

Judge sides with youth in Montana climate change trial, finds two laws unconstitutional

By: - August 15, 2023

The State of Montana’s failure to consider greenhouse gas emissions from energy and mining projects violates the state constitution because it does not protect Montanans’ right to a clean and healthful environment and the state’s natural resources from unreasonable depletion, a judge ruled Monday in a victory for 16 youth plaintiffs who sued the state. […]

Several new wildfires spark, grow quickly in NW Montana

By: - August 1, 2023

Around 30 new wildfires started in Montana over the past 24 hours, some of which forced evacuations Sunday, and at least five active fires have topped 1,000 acres in the drought-stricken western part of the state. Dry lightning sparked several fires in the Mission Valley on Sunday that grew quickly because of high winds and […]

Montana House votes to discipline Rep. Zephyr, ban from floor, gallery

By: and - April 27, 2023

After being banned from the Montana House floor for the last eight days of the 2023 legislative session, Rep. Zooey Zephyr feels like she did the right thing. “I stood up in defense of my community, and I stood up on behalf of my constituents and on behalf of democracy,” she told the Daily Montanan […]

Montana resolution calls for day of remembrance for Indian boarding school victims

By: - January 31, 2023

When Sen. Susan Webber’s relative was digging outside of Browning after the family’s well ran dry, instead of water, she said her ancestor found the unmarked graves of babies. The land they had leased to raise cattle was outside the Holy Family Mission, southeast of Browning. From 1890 to the mid-1930s, the site was one […]

A person walks bast a wall with a mural that depicts Native American imagery on white wall in Browning, Montana on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

Resolution calls on Congress to fully fund law enforcement on Montana reservations

By: - January 12, 2023

A joint resolution heard in committee Tuesday seeks to press Congress and the federal government to fully fund public safety and law enforcement agencies, and services on tribal reservations in Montana as one tribe says its funding has barely increased in 25 years. In addition to pushing Congress for full funding, the resolution, SJ 5, […]

The Montana state Capitol in Helena on Jan. 2, 2023. There is snow on a shaded corner of the bottom steps. The building has a dome top, it stands in front of a clear blue sky. A metal statue of a settler riding a horse is in front of the capitol building.

Montana state senator calls for federal investigation into reservation alternatives

By: - January 5, 2023

A draft joint resolution from Montana state senator Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, aims to push Congress to investigate “alternatives” to American Indian reservations, arguing they have “failed to positively enhance the lives and well-being of most of the Indians or the other citizens of the State of Montana.” “Is there a better way of supplying for […]