Montana & Idaho Pay Tribute to Stephen Ambrose
On June 27, 2003, the Montana Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission joined with the Idaho Bicentennial Committee to unveil a bronze bas relief plaque that had been commissioned by both states to commemorate the life and leadership of the late Stephen Ambrose. The plaque will be permanently displayed immediately adjacent to a walking trail near the new Lolo Pass Visitor Center. Stephenie Ambrose-Tubbs and her mother, Mora, attended the dedication festivities, as did Hal Stearns representing the Montana Commission.
During the state Commission’s May meeting Hal Stearns was elected as Chair, and Homer Staves as Vice-Chair. Congratulations! A special note of appreciation is in order for Jack Lepley who served as chair this past year. Thank you.
MT L & C Bicentennial Commission:
- Oct. 1-2, 2003, Yogo Inn, Lewistown
- Feb. 10, 2004, Great Falls
RBC/Tribal Representatives Meeting:
- Oct. 1, 2003, Yogo Inn, Lewistown
Annual Fall Conference:
- October 2-3, 2003, Lewistown
Confluence of Cultures Symposium Spurs Reflection
This nationally recognized symposium, held May 28-30, 2003, focused on allowing the American Indian voice to be heard. A crowd approaching 675 heard first hand from a wide array of Indian and non-Indian presenters and performers how the Indian perspective of the Lewis & Clark Expedition differs frequently from previously recorded histories. The success of the symposium could in large part be gauged by hallway conversations as attendees continued to discuss session topics, and most often expressed their desire to know more. Virtually everyone came away with a renewed vision and understanding of cultural similarities and differences. “Where do we go from here?” was an often-asked question; continued dialogue as the Bicentennial continues was a common response. A special “thanks” is in order for the symposium host, the University of Montana, and to the symposium planning team.
8th National Lewis & Clark Planning Conference a Success
The Retrospect of Success Conference was held in Great Falls on April 13-16, 2003. Attended by some 275 people from coast to coast, the conference offered many timely educational opportunities geared primarily toward planning and presently high quality events. Numerous “partner meetings” were held concurrently which facilitated national planning as the Bicentennial commences trail wide. Great evening receptions, programs, and multiple entertainment offerings highlighted the conference. Congratulations Great Falls for taking the lead and for showcasing Montana!
5th Annual Lewis & Clark Conference Planned
Montana’s 5th Annual Lewis & Clark Conference will return to Lewistown’s Yogo Inn this year (the site of Montana’s 1st Annual Conference). Planning is currently underway for the conference that will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 2-3, 2003. Similar to previous years, the conference will be immediately preceded by a meeting of the state Commission. This year’s theme “Many Cultures - One Land” will set the stage for a continuation of sharing and learning initiated during the Confluence of Cultures Symposium this past May. Activities on Tuesday will include a traditional meal and program to start the conference, and an Indian encampment late that afternoon in a nearby city park. Friday will start with a breakfast featuring a yet-to-be-determined guest presenter and will conclude by 2:00 P.M. with some memorable entertainment. The cost for this year’s conference will remain at $75 for early registrations. Mark your calendars now for Lewistown in October. Contact Gail Brockbank at: 406-442-4141 for sponsorship and vendor show information.
Needed: “Touring Historians”
The response to the new on-line listing of Montana Lewis & Clark Guides has been very positive. However, in addition to Step-On Guides, some tour groups are requesting Lewis & Clark Historians that would be available to travel with tour groups for multiple days, and present daily lectures on various aspects of the Expedition. Persons interested in offering their services to satisfy this emerging demand are encouraged to contact the state Commission office.
Montana Tribal Tourism Alliance Hires Coordinator
Dyani Bingham was recently hired to be the first-ever coordinator for the Montana Tribal Tourism Alliance (MTTA), a coalition of representatives from all seven Montana Indian Reservations focused on generating enhanced Indian participation within Montana’s tourism industry. Dyani can be reached at: Box 1224, Billings, MT 59103. Her phone number is: 406-259-4600, and her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. MTTA is presently busy on many fronts including preparing for the Fall conference in Lewistown and getting lodges and programs ready for numerous encampments around the state. If you have a question regarding whom to contact within Indian Country in Montana, Dyani can assist you.