New Bill May Give Montana Tribes Increased Control Over Cultural Property

Posted on March 10, 2009


Picture 1.pngSenate Bill 488, sponsored by Dem. Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy of the Chippewa-Cree tribe, was supported by a 27-22 vote. Last Tuesday, the measure had been rejected, but upon revival 16 Senators had changed their positions.

The bill requires state agencies to consult with individual tribes when they are creating exhibits or documentaries about American Indians. Windy Boy explains, “Each individual tribe has their own rights, policies and processes that they follow.” The bill also gives each tribe control over their own cultural property, and ensures it will not be misrepresented.

The bill will require a final reading in the Senate before it moves to the House.

Montana is home to eight tribal nations, seven of which are federally recognized and one that is state-recognized.

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