Montana People

GUEST POST: Knudsen, Gianforte, wrong on refugees 

   by Joseph Thiel       Joseph Thiel served on the Board of Regents of the Montana University System from 2011-2013. He is now pursuing his doctorate in education at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.                                   Politics is the art of the possible. Except, it…


Update on Cowgirl Blog Malware Attack

Hey readers – I wanted to update you on the status of some malware attacks that many of you were kind enough to help identify yesterday. Thank you! MT Temperance was able to shut down the onslaught last night. Apparently, there’s someone out there who feels…


GUEST POST:  Forward Montana: 25 Under 25

by Dan Lourie


Dan Lourie lives in Bozeman. He is a lifetime activist for peace,  justice and equality, has  written to newspapers since 1964. 


Twenty-five young women and men under the age of twenty-five, judged the cream of the crop out of seventy applicants, have been chosen as winners of Forward Montana’s “25 Under 25” competition. To read the descriptons of their devotion to making the world a better place is to not only be wowed, but also to truly gain confidence in our future.


My friend Kiah Abbey, FM’s head person in Bozeman, told me about the contest and I knew immediately to nominate a young woman who exemplifies the description of the contestants FM hoped to attract. More on her later, but here are excerpts from the intro to the contest.


GUEST POST: Raise a glass and wages this Labor Day

by Mary Ann Dunwell


“Salt of the Earth,” a 60s song by the Rolling Stones comes to mind as we near Labor Day. “Raise your glass to the hard working people,” “spare a thought for his back breaking work,” and “let’s drink to the salt of the earth.” These lyrics resonate today. Our state enjoys robust economic growth and full employment worth celebrating, but many hard working Montanans are not sharing in the economic prosperity that their hard work builds. Montana ranks in the 40s among other states for its low pay and low wage jobs. Many Montanans still live paycheck to paycheck and struggle to make ends meet.


Mary Moe


by Sen. Mary Sheehy Moe (D-Great Falls) Sen. Moe can be reached at Follow her on Twitter  @MaryMoeMT “It’s a new beginning!” I enthused to my grandson at the schoolhouse door two years ago. “Kindergarten! You’ll learn new things and make new friends. It’s going to be great!”…


GUEST POST: Making Congress Responsible for Wildfires

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  UPDATE: as of 8/16/2105 at 4:00 pm  Gov. Steve…


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

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.


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.