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Missoula County, Montana continuing trend of marking Native American heritage

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Missoula County is continuing a trend to rename local landmarks in honor of the Native tribes that have — and still do inhabit this land.

County commissioners voted on Thursday to change the name of the Mullan Area Master Plan to Sxwtpqyen.

What’s in a name? Walking around downtown Missoula you’ll streets named after trees, bridges named after local settlers.

Missoula County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier says that’s because we name things after what’s familiar to us, but that’s not good enough anymore.

By: Katie Miller

 

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