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From the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West,
The University of Montana
Center in the News
Wilderness celebrates 25th year -
the complexities of Glacier - August 29,
the 'Z' word. Zoning was the order of
the day at Commissioner Chilcott's lunch
meeting with concerned citizens - August
to Helena: Ride the ‘sea change' in
Western economy - August 17, 2005
seminar held in Missoula - August 12, 2005
Ambassador Andre Baeyens, great-grandson of
Montana "Copper King" William
Andrews Clark, presented "From Copper
to Corots: The Two Lives of William Andrews
Clark, Senator of Montana" at the
second Presidential Lecture at the
University of Montana on Oct. 10, 2005. Ambassador Baeyens
was co-sponsored by the Center.
became acquainted with Bob Brown who was
Montana Secretary of State when the
visited Montana in 2004 to research his
Brown, now a senior fellow at the
O'Connor Center, arranged Baeyen's visit to UM.
at UM, Baeyens also conducted a seminar
entitled "Franco - American Relations:
Past and Present."
offered a fascinating perspective on his family roots in Montana, and his
present day view of international events
which shape the world of which Montana is a
part." Brown said.
University of Montana’s Center for Ethics
launched a noon speaker series for the
Autumn 2005 semester.
This semester’s “Ethics at
Noon” theme is “Envisioning the Promises
and Perils of Building a Just and
Daniel Kemmis, Center Senior Fellow, gave the
opening lecture on Monday, October 3.
His lecture was entitled
“Sustainability and Scale: More Local,
More Regional, More Global – and Less
Lectures take place 12:10--1:00
p.m. in Room 201 of UM's Gallagher Business
Building on the UM campus.
More information about the series can
be found at (http://www2.umt.edu/ethics/programs/seminar.htm).
Kemmis, Senior Fellow, gave the keynote at
the Governor’s Conference on Civic
Engagement. The conference, held at the
Doubletree Hotel in Missoula on Monday,
October 3, focused on the theme of
“Creating Community in the Rockies.”
Swanson was a speaker and participant in the “Ideas
Montana Medicine” symposium in Billings
The meeting, organized by the
Northwest Research and Education Institute
of the Rocky Mountain Health Network and St.
Vincent Hospital in Billings, examined
research and development opportunities in
Montana’s emerging health care,
pharmaceutical, and bio-science sectors.
Swanson discussed economic implications
associated with developments in these
also was an invited speaker at the annual
meeting of the Montana League of Cities and
Towns in Helena in late September.
He and Great Falls mayor Randy
Gray discussed plans for a major
economic development planning initiative
called Montana 2020.
The two-year project, beginning in
November, will identify detailed strategies
for advancing city regions in Montana over
the next 15 years.
Montana 2020 is being advanced by a
consortium of public and private entities
with initial leadership by the mayors and
city managers of Montana’s seven
American Studies Department and the Center
for the Rocky Mountain West co-sponsored this year's celebration of
Indian Heritage Day program, September 23 at The
University of Montana.
This year's speaker was Earl Old
Person, Chief of the Blackfeet Tribe, who
spoke on "Blackfeet
It is the 150th anniversary of the
first Blackfeet treaty with the United
States, known to the Blackfeet as Lame
Bull's Treaty, signed at the mouth of the
Judith River in the fall of 1855.
On September 13
Center Senior Fellow Pat Williams spoke at the season’s inaugural presentation sponsored by the Northern
Forest Network. Former Congressman Williams addressed the topic of Montana’s roadless lands in his speech
"Twenty-five Years of Roadless Policy and Still Crazy After all These
William on a discussion panel was former Forest Service Supervisor Gloria Flora and conservationist David Mathers.
Farr, Associate Director of the Center for
the Rocky Mountain West, gave a presentation
at the Waterton-Glacier National Parks
Science and History Conference held
August 18, 2005, at Lake McDonald Lodge in
Glacier National Park.
Researchers from Canada and the
United States spoke on such topics as
landscape change in Waterton Lakes National
and the history of snowmobiles
in Glacier and Yellowstone National
Farr's presentation was entitled "Putting Indians Back Into the
Wilderness Equation: Blackfeet Indians and
the Great Northern Railway."
The one-day conference was attended
by some 150 National Park Service employees
and interested visitors.
participated in a meeting sponsored
by the Madison Valley Ranchlands Group
entitled “Madison Growth Solutions.”
The meeting in Ennis on August 18
was attended by
about 100 area residents and elected
officials and focused on needs and options
for growth planning in the Madison Valley.
The valley is a haven for fly-fishing
enthusiasts and is seeing an increase in
second home developments and rural
Swanson’s talk was entitled “Growth
and Change in Madison County,” and
described aspects of area population and
housing growth and economic change.
also made an invited presentation to elected
of the Missoula City Government Review
Commission on August 17.
He discussed area growth trends and
the challenges posed for area
decision makers, including city government
officials and planning staff.
was keynote speaker at the 2005 Helena
Leadership Institute on August 16 in Helena.
His presentation was entitled
“Positioning Helena for Change and
Possibilities,” examining key trends in
the Helena area economy.
Nearly 100 Helena area leaders
attended the day-long meeting that was
co-sponsored by the Helena Education
Foundation and Gateway Economic Development
series of seminars entitled "Montana
Constitution: Progressive Spirit of the
Rocky Mountain West" has been developed
at the Center by Senior Fellow Bob
Brown. The first of five seminars
focusing on the educational provisions of
the state’s constitution was held on
campus August 12. The keynote speaker was
Jim Molloy, attorney for the plaintiffs in
the case that led the state Supreme Court to
deem the state’s school funding method
Nan Ellingson, Marshall Murray, and Sen.
Dan Harrington, all participants at
Montana’s 1972 Constitutional Convention,
presented their insights on the issue. The
seminar concluded with a panel discussion
focusing on issues involved in crafting
a new school funding formula. (News
The Center is concluding its first year of collaboration in hosting the Emerging
Leaders Conference. Center Senior Fellow Pat Williams hosted the conference for twelve of Montana’s emerging leaders for
three days each in January, June and September. The
settings for the three symposiums were Great Falls, Paradise Valley and
Helena. Guest lecturers made presentations on: policy and political history, current affairs, fundraising, ballot issues, the media,
volunteer recruitment, and Indian education. A
class of new participants will be recruited for the coming year with the
first class in Missoula in January.
Brown, Senior Fellow, is conducting a
series of recorded interviews for the
Mansfield Library Historical Archives. The
interviews are with
historical figures prominent in politics and
public affairs over the past half century.
Recent interviews have included
long-time Montana State Supreme Court
Justice John "Skeff" Sheehey,
former Governor Tim Babcock, Montana Farmers
Union activist and state legislator Magnus
Aasheim, and retired Anaconda Company
attorney Gene Tidball. Brown plans
additional interviews for the library
archives including one scheduled in October
with former Montana Congressman Orvin Fjare.
According to Brown, "Getting the stories of Montanans who have lived and
made our history on the public record is
essential to building an understanding of
why we are who we are as Montanans.".
Headwaters News has new Assistant
Daniel Berger returned to his role as assistant editor at Headwaters News on Sept.
Dan spent the last two and a half years as the staff writer for the National Forest Foundation, where he wrote about the organization's conservation work for print and online publications.
He began freelance writing while completing his print journalism degree at Syracuse University.
Dan received a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in 2002.
He has written for and edited a variety of publications, covering topics ranging from ice age geology to current political and cultural trends.
He has lived in some corner of the West for the past nine years.
North America's Emerging
Areas of Population Growth
and Decline in the
12 - Post Falls, Idaho. Center Director Larry Swanson will be
speaker at the 2005 Annual Conference of the
Idaho Planning Association.
His presentation is entitled
“Creating a Sense of Place,” examining
growth and change in Idaho and the larger
region and how communities can best position
themselves for future growth.
Idaho has become one of the fastest
growing states in the nation.
October 13 - Kalispell. Swanson
will make a presentation at the
Leadership Montana meeting entitled
“Growth and Change: Where the Emerging
Economy and Traditional Economy Meet.”
His presentation is followed by
a “Flathead on the Move” panel
discussion with elected officials from the
Flathead Valley discussing change in the
valley. Leadership Montana is in its second year with leadership
classes selected from throughout the state.
October 14 -
Farr will be a keynote speaker at
the four-day 1855 Lame Bull Treaty Symposium
sponsored by Red Crow Community
College and the Blood Tribe of Stand Off,
Alberta, Canada and Blackfeet Community
College and the Blackfeet Tribe (Pikanii
Nation). The conference begins on October 14
in Stand Off, Alberta and will be continued
October 15 in Browning, Mont. The conference
then moves to Fort
Benton, Mont., concluding with a
visit to the site of the signing of the 1855
treaty on the Missouri at the mouth of the
21 - Helena. The O'Connor Center in
cooperation with the Tribal Leaders
Institute will convene a meeting and seminar
examining provisions of the Montana
Constitution on educational
requirements tied to the cultural heritage
of American Indians. The event begins at
9:00 a.m. with remarks by Center Senior Fellow and former congressman Pat Williams.
The meeting takes place in the House Chamber
of the Montana State Capitol.
Seminar participants and panelists will
include 1972 Montana Constitutional
Convention delegates and legal and
educational experts. The seminar will be
recorded on video tape for the University of
Montana Mansfield Library historical
archives. Center Senior Fellow Bob Brown
helped plan and organize the
event. He notes: "This seminar, and others in our series, are historically
significant. The recordings will provide a
valuable resource for future researchers
interested in origins of Montana's unique
and progressive constitution." The
seminar series have been approved for
continuing legal education credit for
attorneys by the Montana Bar Association,
and for renewal credit for teachers and
school administrators by the Montana Office
of Public Instruction.
At the 3:00 p.m. conclusion of the
seminar in Helena, participants and
attendees are invited to present their
thoughts and views on Indian education,
culture and heritage to the Quality Schools
Interim Committee of the state legislature
which will be holding a public hearing in
the state capital. "This seminar and
the hearing that follows provide
a unique opportunity for
Montana Indian leaders and scholars to
publicly focus on educational needs and
cultural and historical priorities of
Montana's vital and growing Native American
month in the Region's history
As a part of establishing peace on the northern
plains, the Blackfoot Council and Treaty
formally created a “common hunting
ground” between the Missouri and
Yellowstone Rivers. Here all of the “Western Indians” who “go to buffalo”
and the neighboring Blackfoot agreed to a
novel idea—they would hunt in peace!
One hundred and
fifty years ago this month, on Oct. 17,
1855, Governor Isaac I. Stevens of
Washington Territory and Alfred Cumming of
Nebraska Territory convened the Blackfoot
Council where they negotiated and signed
a treaty of peace and amity between the
Blackfoot tribes (Piegan, Blood, Blackfoot
proper and Gros Ventres) and the United
States, as well as between the Blackfoot and
the various tribes from across the
Continental Divide to the West.
Remembered as Lame Bull’s Treaty by
the Blackfoot because of its first
signatory, the long-anticipated agreement
finally took place at the confluence of the
Missouri and Judith Rivers after supply
delays because low water in the Missouri
prevented the Council from concluding its
business at Fort Benton as planned. When the Council anxiously convened, about 3,500 Indians were
present, including the Blackfoot, Cree, Nez
Perce, Flathead, Kootenai and Pend
courtesy of Washington State Historical
of the month
"In politics, it doesn't matter what the facts are. It
matters what the perceptions are. It is the way you frame it."
Brian Schweitzer, Montana's Democratic governor,
on how he was elected in a predominantly
Republican state.- Washington Post 9/6/05
he bought the lot next door for $500,000 and
leveled it for his drain field."
Crowley, Flathead County planner, on one
millionaire's solution for a septic
system for his Montana home.
- Financial Times (Bloomberg News Service)
don't care about Howard Dean."
Dave Freudenthal, Wyoming's Democratic
governor, who said national Democrats are
too liberal for Wyoming, in an address
to state leaders.
-Billings Gazette (AP)
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