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Opinion: Lewis and Clark not welcome at Fort Peck

"This week as the Lewis and Clark re-enactors enter the state of Montana and the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, serious dialogue on their legacy needs to be put on the table. This tribal person would like to meet them at the reservation border and tell them they are not welcome and were not welcome 200 years ago. But since they are on a second mission, it is requested this time that they not lie to our children.

Tell the truth about the first Corps of Discovery commission.

On the pretty side of American history, the Corps of Discovery is considered a movement toward freedom and liberty. For us Native Americans, it meant the destruction of Indian homelands and culture. This is the truth, pretty or not."

Get the Story:
Loid Red Elk: Corps of Discovery part of U.S. plan to subdue Indians (The Billings Gazette 5/3)

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