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As the Kalispell School Board meeting got underway a beautiful double rainbow appeared outside.

GUEST POST: Montana Republican Majority Leader Compares LGBT Equality to Bestiality 

By Nathan Kosted, a community organizer with www.LoveLivesHereFlathead.org

Last night the Kalispell School Board continued its important and brave work by moving along an update to their non-discrimination policy that would include protections for LGBT students. While a large majority of those in attendance wore light blue shirts and were supportive of the policy change a few voices decided to take the opportunity to spread hate. One would hope this type of behavior would be limited to extremists, however some elected officials in our state continue to take part.

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GUEST POST: Fortunate

by Anna Whiting Sorrell, MPA

Whiting Sorrell is Director of Operations, Policy and Planning Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health Department, former Director Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and former Billings Area Director, Indian Health Service

This week I will celebrate my 58th birthday.  Most women in Montana would not consider this a milestone in their lifetime, but for me, I will celebrate it with vigor as I know how fortunate I am just to be alive. According to a Montana Department of Health and Human Services report, as an Indian woman in Montana, I can only expect to live to be 64 years old.  Indian women die a generation younger than non-Indian women, who can expect to live 20 years longer. This statistic has been my personal reality as my mother died at 57 and her mother died in her forties.

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Forward Montana Calling for Nominations for “25 Under 25”

Forward Montana, who brought us those great legislative videos, wants to bring recognition to the many ways that young people are contributing to Montana.  To do this, they’ve created “25 Under 25,” a project to highlight young people across the state that are doing great things.  They’ve issued a call for nominations of those “change agents” in our state between the ages of 13 and 25.

In a press release, the organization says it understands “how difficult it is to step out onto a new frontier, to take a stand for what matters, or to look the status quo in the face and say, ‘this isn’t good enough.’ We also know that brave, young badasses all over Montana are doing this every day.  But it’s not enough for us to know – we need to spread the word.

 

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GUEST POST: A Real Explanation Of the Taxi Industry In Montana

Guest post by Norma Duffy.   Ms. Duffy is lifelong resident of Beaverhead County, a businesswoman, farmer, public advocate, and single mother who has no tolerance for the bad politics-as-usual, interfering with our future as Montanans. Follow her on Twitter @Ilikewoods  (Third in a series of four.) A Real Explanation Of…

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Guest Post: Tribal Warfare

[Note: This is a guest post by Sara Beth Wald. This column originally appeared in the Lewistown (Mont.) News-Argus and the Sidney (Mont.) Herald. Sara Beth Wald lives and writes in Lewistown. An archive of her columns can be found at www.sarabethtimes.com ​For our summer…

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