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'A National Disgrace': Years After Promised Reforms, People Keep Dying At Federal Tribal Jails

Wilma Fleury sits in her home in Browning, Montana on April 24, 2021.
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Wilma Fleury sits in her home in Browning, Montana on April 24, 2021.

Willy Pepion had a cracked skull, and guards at the federal jail on the Blackfeet Reservation dismissed his pleas for help. He died in his cell. Three hours went by until anyone noticed.

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Nate Hegyi is a reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau based at Yellowstone Public Radio. He earned an M.A. in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism in 2016 and interned at NPR’s Morning Edition in 2014. In a prior life, he toured around the country in a band, lived in Texas for a spell, and once tried unsuccessfully to fly fish. You can reach Nate at nate@ypradio.org.