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Barbara Bessette

Barbara Bessette

Barbara Bessette is a former Montana legislator and lives in Great Falls.

COMMENTARY

State, federal government must do more to protect Indigenous peoples’ healthcare

By: - May 9, 2022

“Getting back to normal.” I’ve heard this phrase so many times during the pandemic that I’m not even sure what it means anymore, especially for Montanans whose “normal” wasn’t all that great to begin with. COVID-19 exposed serious issues in our healthcare system. Despite dedicated, brave, and unflappable doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals […]

COMMENTARY

The bipartisan infrastructure bill will help Montana for the next generation

By: - November 23, 2021

For several decades, the Milk River Project has been chronically underfunded and in need of essential repairs. Politicians of every stripe have failed to deliver the dollars needed to forge a long-term solution.  Until now.  Help has finally arrived in the form of the bipartisan infrastructure bill. The legislation allocates $100 million specifically for the […]