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Bill Kennedy receives peace award

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The Jeanette Rankin Peace Award winner called himself a small catalyst in a caring community helping people.

Rocky Mountain College's Institute for Peace Studies gave out several awards at the Billings Studio Theater on Friday, including the Peace Award to Bill Kennedy.

Kennedy is the president of the MSU Billings Foundation and is a former Yellowstone County Commissioner.

He said he's humbled to be part of a group that includes Jeanette Rankin, Mike Mansfield and Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen.

 Kennedy talked about what motivates him to help.

"Seeing people in distress, seeing people with fear in their eyes," Kennedy said. "Seeing people that have lost hope and being able to help them and see the smile on their face again."

He also credits others for helping him.

"It's really been people in the community that have helped me do so many things," Kennedy said. "It's really a community effort that, so I'm representing them tonight as I accept this award."

In 1916,  Jeanette Rankin was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the first woman elected to a U.S. federal office.

She voted not to go to war against Germany in 1917.

In 1941, during her second term, her vote was the only one against going to war against Japan.

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