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Blackfeet Tribe, Montana

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Carly Kipp of Browning, an animal science major at Montana State University-Northern, was named Outstanding Student of the Year by the American Indian College Fund and asked to speak at the fund's "2000 Flame of Hope" gala in New York City in early November. Kipp dropped out of high school at 15, moved to California where she earned a GED and attended college for a year while working for a veterinarian. In 1997 she returned to Browning and enrolled at Blackfeet Community College. This fall she transferred to MSU-Northern. At BCC she worked for the Natural Resources Department as a field technician, documenting the tribal buffalo herd for two years and mapping historic cultural sites. Kipp worked as a peer tutor and tutored students with learning and behavioral problems and substituted and volunteered at the Browning Middle School. On average, she donated 30 hours a week as a volunteer, worked 20 hours a week and attended college as well as caring for her daughter, Hannah. Selection as Outstanding Student was based on her grade point average, community involvement, volunteer time and her status with instructors, students and staff at Blackfeet Community College. She received the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship and numerous other awards.

A geography defense from a Blackfeet tribal member charged with killing two bighorn sheep in Glacier National Park earlier this year failed. Bailey D. Peterson of Browning argued the park's eastern boundary, the reservation's western border, is in the wrong place, thus he contended he was not in the park when hunting last January. Further Peterson argued his status as a tribal member granted him the right to hunt in the park. Both arguments were rejected and the trial of Peterson and Browning resident Glenn W. Hohmann proceeded on charges of killing the sheep to sell the curled horns. Early last month a jury found Peterson guilty of twice violating the federal Lacey Act, which prohibits sale of wildlife parts when animals were killed illegally. Hohmann was acquitted. Biologists working for the park saw Peterson and Hohmann on Spot Mountain in the Two Medicine Valley Jan. 18. Within days, rangers discovered three bighorn sheep carcasses in the same area, the heads missing. National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Blackfeet Tribe investigators tracked one head to the reservation, where Peterson was arrested. Sentencing for Peterson was set for Feb. 2. He faces up to $250,000 in fines and five years in prison.