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Columbia Falls teams give blanket to Browning as gesture of friendship

Posted at 10:19 AM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 12:20:18-05

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.

(photo credit: Browning Public Schools)

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.

-Cat Hill reporting for MTN News