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Tribes reluctant to mark Lewis and Clark journey

The federal government is commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition but not all tribes are excited about it.

Some view the expedition as the beginning of the end of tribal existence. Of the 110 tribes met by the Lewis and Clark, only 40 remain, according to the Associated Press.

Many tribes lost land as a result of treaties negotiated after the expedition. Some tribes, like the Lemhi Shoshone of Idaho, lost their homeland as well as their federal recognition.

The arrival of more settlers to the West also prompted a loss of tribal culture. Some tribes, like the Salish of Montana, are down to just a handful of native speakers.

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