Autumn 2015: In this issue

VAutumn 2015 coverol. 65, No. 3

Remove the Dam, Restore the River

How Public Participation Redefined Superfund Law at Milltown, Montana
by David Brooks

Surviving Montana

Women’s Memories of Work and Family Life, 1900–1960
by Laurie Mercier

The Traditional Worldview of the Kootenai People

by the Kootenai Culture Committee


Smith, Hippies, Indians, and the Fight for Red Power, reviewed by Kevin Jon Fernlund | Mack, Black Spokane, reviewed by Jill K. Gill | Tolton, Healy’s West, reviewed by Ryan Hall | Summitt, Contested Waters, reviewed by Marcus Burtner | Soike, Busy in the Cause, reviewed by Lisa Payne Ossain | Frank, Making Rocky Mountain National Park, reviewed by Jeff Malcomson | Clark, Supplying Custer, reviewed by William A. Dobak | Potter, Standing Firmly by the Flag, reviewed by Mark R. Scherer

On the cover

The painting featured on the front cover, Target Practice by Tom Lovell (1986, oil on canvas, 20.5" x 34.5"), won the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Prix de West Purchase Award. The painting appears courtesy of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City (NCWHM), Oklahoma, 1986.008. Lovell began selling drawings to pulp western, gangster, and detective magazines in 1930 during his junior year at the College of Fine Arts at Syracuse University. In 1969, he completed his last commissions as an illustrator and began painting historical western art. Of his later career he wrote: “While I had no great desire to be a cowboy, I knew the West was a lot more things than just cowboying. There are a lot of artists who know about the cowboy subject matter well, so they do that. I like the idea of going back in time, so that’s what I do” (Tom Lovell 5/25/88 Draft II, Tom Lovell Papers, NCWHM).

As the result of childhood illness, Blackfeet artist John L. Clarke (Cutapuis) could neither hear nor speak. An avid outdoorsman, Clarke transformed his experiences observing wildlife, hunting, and fishing into playful sketches and lively sculptures including Mountain Goat (1923, cottonwood and paint, Montana Historical Society Museum, Helena, gift of Horace J. Clarke, X1923.01.01) featured on the back cover. An exhibition of Clarke’s work, Eloquence in Wood: The Art of John L. Clarke, is currently on display at the Montana Historical Society.

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