Summer 2017: In this issue

Summer 2017 cover

Vol. 67, No. 2

All-American Indian Days and the Miss Indian America Pageant

by Gregory Nickerson

Operation Skywatch

The Montana Ground Observer Corps, 1952–1959
by Jon Axline

The Most Dangerous Man in Montana

Corruption, Communism, and Bill Dunne
by Vernon L. Pedersen

Exposing the Work of Albert Peale and Charles Loughrey

United States Geological Survey Photography in Montana and Wyoming
by Marcy Flynn


Kaplan, Earning the Rockies, reviewed by Kevin Jon Fernlund | Moore, Sweet Freedom’s Plains, reviewed by Susan D. Anderson | McLaird, Hugh Glass, reviewed by Elizabeth A. Watry | Dant, Losing Eden, reviewed by Greg Gordon | Duchemin, New Deal Cowboy, reviewed by Patricia Loughlin | Hedren, Powder River, reviewed by Aaron David Hyams | Rogers, Unpopular Sovereignty, reviewed by Thomas G. Alexander

On the Cover

Born in Boston, Hugh Cabot (1930–2005) began spending time on western ranches at the age of twelve. During the Korean War, he became an official combat artist, and his war art hangs in Washington, D.C. After the war, he moved to Tubac, Arizona, where he lived and worked for thirty-seven years. His studio in Tubac is now a museum and gallery. Lithographs of the front cover feature, The Great American Rodeo Cowboy (1986, 48" x 96"), are available. Contact Tom Martin at (520) 470-9432 or The painting appears courtesy Tom Martin and the Hugh Cabot Studio Museum and Gallery, 5 Camino Encanto, Tubac Valley Vista, Tubac, Arizona 85646.

Montana artist Elizabeth Lochrie, whose works often featured Indian subjects, served as a judge for the Miss Indian America Pageant from 1953 to 1967. Judging criteria specified that MIA contestants be “at least one-half Indian blood, between the ages of 16 and 26, unmarried, and dress in authentic Indian costume” and emphasized that each contestant “should be just as nearly what the public expects.” In spite of her status as a tribal member, Elizabeth Coyote Threat was disqualified from the pageant because one parent was white and the other of mixed descent, but she still inspired this portrait, Elizabeth Coyote Threat (oil on canvas board, 1960, Montana Historical Society Collection, 1979.12.13).

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