Governor Brian Schweitzer today released the 2011 Tribal Relations Report highlighting the State of Montana and Tribal Nations major efforts to work together during this past fiscal year. The full text of the report is available online at http://tribalnations.mt.gov.
"This report demonstrates the continued historic effort of my Administration's commitment to develop meaningful and effective state-tribal relationships with each of the tribal nations in Montana," Governor Schweitzer said. "We look forward to continuing this significant effort and strengthening the government-to-government relationship."
Highlights of the report include economic and infrastructure development programs that tribal governments and tribal people have utilized as they develop and expand their respective reservations.
There were more than 650 cooperative agreements, trainings, projects and collaborative efforts in effect between the state and the tribal governments in Montana during fiscal year 2011, covering every aspect of governmental operations, including economic development; the delivery of human services; environmental stewardship; cooperation on finance and justice issues; and education.
This year's report, a result of a 2003 state law sponsored by Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy, includes artwork by husband and wife featured artists Corwin "Corky" Clairmont and Linda King. Both are Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal members and currently reside in Ronan, Montana.