Montana Senate votes against Indigenous Peoples holiday

Proposal would have replaced Columbus Day with a state holiday


Last updated 2/16/2023 at 2:18pm

JoVonne Wagner

Montana Free Press and ICT

Editor’s note: This version states that a request for comment sent Tuesday to Sen. Russ Tempel, R-Chester, had not been delivered to his email address by this morning.

The Montana State Senate voted Tuesday afternoon against discussing a bill that would have established Indigenous Peoples Day in the state following debate over how the new holiday would replace Columbus Day.

However, at least one member of the Montana American Indian Caucus plans to introduce another bill that would move the state-recognized American Indian Heritage Day to Octob...

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