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Dec 3, 2012 1:00 PM by Beth Beechie - MTN News

Author details life in MT Native American boarding school

GREAT FALLS - Members of the Great Falls community were given a first-hand account about what it was like to be a Native American attending boarding school decades ago.

During a book reading and signing on Saturday, author Murt McCluskey told fans of days when popcorn and soda at the movies were just five cents each, but he says he's also hoping his stories of what he went through and learned at an Indian boarding school can encourage youth.

The book, titled "The McCluskey Boys: Adventures in an Indian Boarding School," describes life at the Cut Bank Boarding School north of Browning in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

His book uses detailed narration and vivid descriptions to help readers young and old be transported back to those times.

McCluskey says after seeing kids read the history of the Native American education, it may give them a better idea of the history behind the culture.

He hopes that this book will serve as an example to Native America students. All proceeds from sales of the book will go to Native American scholarships and education programs.

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