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The O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West is a regional studies and public education program of The University of Montana in Missoula.  It focuses on the Interior West of North America – the region straddling the Rocky Mountains of the United States and Canada.  The University of Montana lies at the center of this region.  Through cross-disciplinary programs in research, teaching, and public education, the Center explores the region's rich history, current challenges, and emerging opportunities.
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This week on Mountain West Voices: A Hmong woman reflects on the chaos and trauma of her early life in Laos on coming to Montana...and on gardening.

Mountain West Voices airs regularly on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. (MST) on Montana Public Radio and on Sundays at 7:35 a.m. on Yellowstone Public Radio program.  Visit our website at
Flathead Lake sunrise
Flathead Lake sunrise
Photos courtesy of Rick and Susie Graetz