Montana History in 9 MORE Easy Lessons: Montana during the Relocation and Termination Era

Montana Historical Society (MHS) staff members and other subject matter experts will lead a two-month exploration of the last twelve thousand years of Montana history. Every Wednesday, 3:30-4:30, between April 3, 2019, and May 29, 2019, a presenter will discuss a major theme of Montana history. Individually, these programs will offer compelling discussions of specific topics relating to Montana’s past; together they will provide a big-picture overview of the state’s rich and fascinating history. Come for one—or come for all! OPI Renewal Credits will be available and presentations will be live-streamed for those who can’t make it in person (and ultimately archived).

Contact Kirby Lambert at the Historical Society for more information.

This week’s lesson is Montana during the Relocation and Termination Era. In the 1950s, two new federal policies changed life for American Indians in Montana and across the United States and threatened to undermine tribal sovereignty. Termination aimed to dissolve reservations, nullify treaty rights, and end the nation-to-nation relationship between tribes and the federal government, while Relocation moved thousands of American Indians from reservations to urban centers in an effort to integrate and assimilate them into the broader American society. About the speaker: Laura Ferguson earned her M.A. in Native American Studies at Montana State University. Since 2010, she has worked as an instructor of Native American Studies and Native American literature at Carroll College and Helena College and as a writer/editor of Indian Education for All education resources. Ferguson is a co-author of Beyond Schoolmarms and Madams, a collection of biographical sketches of Montana women. She currently works as an associate editor at the Montana Historical Society.

Transforming Teaching and Learning about American Indians

Do you remember the first time you learned about American Indians in school? If you are like most Americans, you probably received only a tiny glimpse into the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and contemporary lives of Native peoples. You may even have learned inaccurate histories, and demeaning and false stereotypes. Join us for a symposium in which expert speakers Maria Elena Campisteguy,  Stephanie Fryberg, Kevin Gover, Edwin Schupman, and Sarah Shear explore the need and how to transform education about Native Americans in order to inspire a more comprehensive vision of history and a greater understanding of our shared experiences. Learn more about NMAI’s national education initiative, Native Knowledge 360°. The museum and its partners among Native nations and in the education community are producing exciting new classroom resources and teacher training that feature more complete narratives and build a more empathetic and informed public.

Join us at the museum, or follow the symposium on our live webcast.

Rasmuson Theater • National Museum of the American Indian
4th Street and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC
FREE; seating is available first come, first seated

Eastern Montana Educational Symposium

The event is on Thursday and Friday, October 18 and 19. Sessions include NWEA Testing, Building a School-Centered Climate, Educational Technology with Google, K-12 Teaching Practical Financing, Creating Trauma-Informed Schools, Leadership, Not your Mascot: Supporting American Indian Students, Decolonizing the Classroom & Identifying Anti-Indian Bias, Autism Spectrum Disorder. Contact Sara Engle to register at 406-377-9441 or