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A Landless People: Montana’s Little Shell Tribe at Pictograph Cave State Park -Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 1:00pm

(Billings, MT) – Montana State Parks ( will host “A Landless People: Montana’s Little Shell Tribe” at Pictograph Cave State Park on Saturday, July 28 at 1:00pm.

Join presenter Nicholas Vrooman for “A Landless People: Montana’s Little Shell Tribe” Indigenous North Americans known as the Métis/Michif (in Montana known as “Landless Indians”) are part of those Aboriginal peoples who live along the Medicine Line of the Canadian and U.S. border, between Lake of the Woods (in Minnesota) and the Rocky Mountains (Montana), and were left out of the reconfiguration of the North American West.

During the last third of the 19th century, as these new nation-states exerted effective control over the northern Great Plains and those aboriginal societies within that geography, they made critically disastrous decisions concerning “who was who, who was whose, who was in, and who was out.”

Those choices gave form to the relationships between the First Peoples of the borderlands and the federal governments of the United States and Canada today. Some First Peoples, such as Montana’s Little Shell Tribe, were left out of that settlement process. This presentation tells that story.

For more information call the park visitor center at (406) 254-7342.

What: “A Landless People: Montana’s Little Shell Tribe” with Nicholas Vrooman

When:  Saturday, July 28, 2018, from 1-2 pm

Where:  Pictograph Cave State Park, 3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT

Pictograph Cave State Park is located southeast of Billings, Montana, and can be accessed via Exit 452 (Lockwood) on I-90, then 5 miles south on Coburn Road.  Pictograph Cave offers a ¾ mile interpretive trail, a beautiful visit center with gift shop, and picnic area with prime birding and wildlife viewing.  In addition, the park offers interpretive and educational programs for school groups and the general public.  

Visit Montana State Parks ( and enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and more.  Discover some of the greatest natural and cultural treasures on earth!

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Richard Tooke
Park Ranger,
Pictograph Cave State Park
(406) 254-7341

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