In February, after 125 years, the Little Shell tribe of the Chippewa Indians finally achieved federal recognition. In October, the flags of eight Montana tribal nations were permanently mounted alongside those of the United States and Montana state flags at our Capitol. After the recent election, Montana can boast of having the highest percentage of Native American representation in a state legislature, making Montana one of the very few states to achieve racial parity. Our Indian Education for All Act provides for a statewide curriculum that expands understanding and awareness of American Indian history for all students. Here in Montana we have a lot to celebrate.
– ML Smoker and Melissa Kwasny, Montana Poet Laureates