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BILLINGS, Mont. -

Montana's Attorney General files a joint comment with the Crow Nation's chairman, questioning the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon regulations.

AG Tim Fox says the proposed rule would hurt Montana's coal industry and impact jobs.

Crow chairman, Darrin Old Coyote, says two-thirds of the tribe's non-federal budget comes from coal mining, and the new rule, if adopted, could result in an unemployment rate of up to 95-percent on the reservation.

Fox says the EPA is overstepping its bounds. He says the agency did not consult the Crow Tribe when they proposed the rule, going against an executive order saying consultation is required before any agency rule making that might impact them. Old Coyote met with the President's staff this week about this.

"Our hope is that they listen to what we have to say and we're not invisible to the us government anymore as a nation and we're not invisible to the rest of the world because we do have the resource and we want to contribute to the economic well being of all of america. and we do have that same American Dream," Old Coyote says.

Fox says the next steps the EPA will take will be to review all the comments and publish a response. Fox and 16 other states' Attorneys General filed joint comments as well.

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