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Hopefully we can all agree at this point that Columbus wasn’t history’s most admirable soul. The Missoula City Council certainly seemed to agree last fall when reviewing a proposal to strip the 15th century explorer of his spot on the calendar. The resolution, sponsored by Councilman Patrick Weasel Head, instead declared the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day. Mayor John Engen said the change was long overdue and the council chambers echoed with the sounds of a traditional Blackfeet song before the body voted 11-0 in favor of the proposal. News traveled fast, and several weeks later a Blackfeet member in Browning told an Indy staffer in passing that Missoula’s acknowledgment of tribal peoples was very much appreciated.
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