Posted: Oct 15, 2013 7:06 AM by Jacqueline Quynh - KPAX News
Updated: Oct 15, 2013 7:20 AM
ST. IGNATIUS - Columbus Day is not rich in celebrating Native American history, but a meeting Monday between Missoula leaders and members of the CSKT tribal council is a step toward changing that.
"The story should have been told a long time ago," said Hank Baylor, CSKT tribal member.
He was among a dozen people who attended a meeting between Missoula city leaders and members with the CSKT to improve relations.
The focus of this talk centered on signage to educate about Native American history.
"I think it's not only important to me, but to people because it will reestablish or reaffirm, the existence of the Salish people in this area," CSKT Culture Committee Director Tony Incashola said.
One of the areas the city discussed putting up signs includes near the University of Montana and Interstate 90 - where potential gateway signs would be used, similar to those along Highway 200.
"Right now the wayfinding effort is still underway to develop a wayfinding plan for Missoula and that will lay out the design, proposed locations of signs, implementation," said Strohmaier.
"Just enough to get the information across without a lot of words," said Kent Watson, Landscape Architect.
Part of that plan will rely on the knowledge and approval of tribal elders.
"They're the ones that have the knowledge that was passed down to them, from generation to generation, said Incashola.
"It's good for everybody, good for coexistence, and for people to coexist they should know about each other," said Baylor.
Councilman Dave Strohmaier says the estimated cost of the signage hasn't been determined yet.
The project hopes to determine what the name Missoula actually means - some believe it may be related to Native Americans further down stream.