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Wendy Nielsen

I am a native Montanan, married to a native Montanan with two daughters. We have lived in Cut Bank for 19 years, both of our children have been honor students at Cut Bank High School. Our eldest, Autumn is a junior at UNLV. Amber is a junior at Cut Bank High. Bob is working for Run Energy at the Glacier Wind Farm.
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Commission: Child protection agency needs more funding

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A commission appointed to review the state Division of Child and Family Services says the organization needs increased funding to hire more case workers, reduce caseloads and hopefully reduce the stress of the job, allowing the agency to retain more workers who are tasked with responding to child abuse and neglect cases.

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Kenzley Olson
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Woman faces charges in baby’s death on Montana reservation

POPLAR, Mont. (AP) — A 42-year-old woman is due in a tribal court in Montana Tuesday to face charges in the alleged beating death of a 13-month-old girl under her care on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Investigators say forty-two year-old Janelle Red Dog killed Kenzley Olson and put her body in a dumpster before reporting her missing on April 19.

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Fort Peck Tribe
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Latest on the Death of 1-year-old Girl

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a 1-year-old girl on Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

The leader of two American Indian tribes says the alleged beating death of a 1-year-old girl and the recent kidnapping of a second child reflect a rising drug epidemic that his Montana reservation has failed to address.

Fort Peck Tribal Chairman Floyd Azure says the community at large must be held accountable for this week's death of Kenzley Olson.

Forty-two-year-old Janelle Red Dog was ordered held without bond Friday in connection with Kenzley's death. An investigator testified that Red Dog confessed to the killing.

Limited details have been released on Kenzley's death and the February kidnapping and sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl. Investigators haven't publicly linked them to drugs, but Azure told The Associated Press the use of methamphetamine was at the root of both crimes.

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Justice Department will not Seek Death Penalty

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department will not seek the death penalty against a Wyoming teenager accused of killing two people on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation.

The agency announced Friday that Attorney General Loretta Lynch had decided against seeking capital punishment in the case of Jesus Deniz Mendoza after consulting with federal prosecutors in Montana.

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