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Montana Tribal Nations meet for permanent flag raising

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Posted at 7:27 AM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 10:22:03-04

HELENA - Members of the eight tribal nations in Montana met in front of the State Capitol for a permanent flag raising Wednesday.

Flags from all eight tribal nations were raised on the newly constructed Tribal Flag Plaza.

The plaza was approved with strong bipartisan support from the 2019 Montana State Legislature with the passage of H-B 524.

One member of the Blackfeet Tribe is proud to share the moment with his son.

“It's very hopeful for my son who sang with me today," says Patrick Armstrong. "To actually have him bear witness to something like this and to be involved with it, you know, it takes his mind off things, but it also pushes him to tomorrow, to a better future."

Gov. Steve Bullock and Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney spent the day meeting all eight tribal nations individually for a brief discussion of government-to-government relations.