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.

Montana History in 9 Easy Lessons: Tribal Sovereignty in the Self-Determination Period

The Montana Historical Society is doing a two-month series called Montana History in 9 Easy Lessons.  Each session will be live streamed.  This week’s lesson is about Tribal Sovereignty in the Self-Determination Period.  Tribal Sovereignty is a frequently misunderstood concept.  Steve Lozar will give a short explanation on ‘Traditional’ Indian sovereignty and its evolution and application.  He will then follow with a discussion of the benefits and disadvantageous of perceived sovereignty in the Self-Determination Era.  About the speaker:  A member of the Salish, Kootenai, and Assiniboine tribes, Steve Lozar received his BA and MA in anthropology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He served as director of education for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and taught anthropology at Salish Kootenai College for twenty-five years. As an elected member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council, Lozar was active in negotiating the CSKT water compact and the tribes’ the purchase of the Kerr Dam. He has served on the Montana Historical Society’s board of trustees since 2005.

OPI Renewal units will be available.  Contact Kirby Lambert at the Historical Society for more information.

Montana History in 9 Easy Lessons: Modern Revolution and Counterrevolution: Montana from the late 1960s through the 1990s

The Montana Historical Society is doing a two-month series called Montana History in 9 Easy Lessons.  Each session will be live streamed.  This week’s lesson is about Modern Revolution and Counterrevolution: Montana from the late 1960s through the 1990s.  Montana transformed from a conservative rural state to a more progressive urban one from the late 1960s through the 1970s, revolutionizing its state government through the adoption of its new constitution and reorganization of its executive branch. Under Democratic governors and legislatures, the state enacted numerous laws to protect the environment, establish a coal severance tax and trust fund, modernize its state institutions, and grant public employees to the right to collectively bargain. Journalist Chuck Johnson will outline the major events of this period, as well as of the more conservative era that followed in the 1980s and 1990s. About the speaker:  Chuck Johnson is a Great Falls native who covered most of this era as a journalist, working for 44 years as a state political and government reporter for the Associated Press, Great Falls Tribune, Lee Newspapers and Bozeman Daily Chronicle.  He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an M.A. in history from the University of Montana and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Montana Historical Society.

OPI Renewal units will be available.  Contact Kirby Lambert at the Historical Society for more information.