In February, after 125 years, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians was finally granted federal recognition. In October, the flags of eight tribal nations of Montana were permanently mounted next to that of the U.S. and Montana state flags at our Capitol. After the recent election, Montana can boast of having the highest percentage of American Indian representation in a State Legislature, making Montana one of very few states to reach 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 much to celebrate.
— M.L. Smoker and Melissa Kwasny, poets laureate of Montana