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In Browning, a gesture of friendship from rival Columbia Falls on the basketball court

Posted at 10:52 PM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 00:52:09-05

BROWNING- It was a gesture of friendship, unity and compassion between two rival basketball teams.

At the end of February, Columbia Falls bull rider and parent Beau Hill was accused of holding a racially insensitive sign at a Columbia Falls versus Browning girls basketball game.

Hill said the sign was not derogatory toward Native Americans and but was a tribute to a family friend and his dog.

Nevertheless, the Columbia Falls principal made a post on the school’s Facebook page condemning the sign, regardless of its true meaning.

So on Wednesday night, in Browning, the Columbia Falls girls basketball team presented a Pendleton blanket to Browning High School in the honor of the spirit of sportsmanship.

Pendleton blankets are given to commemorate important events and have a centuries-long history in Native communities.

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courtesy of Browning Public Schools.