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Crow Chairman Talks Coal Development

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The Crow Tribal Chairman is in the nation's capital with Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT) to talk about the development of Coal in the Treasure State.

Chairman Darrin Old Coyote testified in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on the impact Coal development has had on the Southeastern Montana reservation. During the hearing, he said development of that natural resource has brought the tribe more than $20 million in royalties and taxes in 2010.

"The revenue generated from the mine represents as much as 2/3s of Crow Nation's non-Federal budget," said Old Coyote. "Westmoreland employs a 70% tribal workforce, with average annual salary of $66,000."

Rep. Daines said, in a statement, that Coal development could keep future Montanans within the Treasure State, as well as reducing the state's unemployment rate.