The Historic Congressional Race That Nobody's Watching
The 65th annual Indian Days in Montana were almost over, and Denise Juneau commemorated the moment by Snapchatting a pan of sizzling pancreas. Dressed in jeans, her brown bob held back by a pair of sunglasses, she had the relaxed, even voice of your favorite second-grade teacher along with the demeanor and deadpan humor of your favorite high-school English teacher as she chatted with her staffers about how good it was to be home.
For Juneau — the Democratic challenger for Montana’s lone congressional seat and a member of the Mandan Hidatsa Tribes — the trip back to Browning for North America’s largest powwow had the feeling of a homecoming rally. It seemed like everyone in town was either her cousin, knew her from school, or used to be mayor (OK, maybe only one or two people were former mayors). Browning, the seat of tribal government on the Blackfeet Reservation, has a population of just over a thousand. The people Juneau talked to seemed more knowledgeable about her doings than she was, thanks to the perpetual game of Telephone that keeps small towns afloat.