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Chapter 22 - Living in a New Montana, 1970-2007

Online textbook: Chapter 22

Worksheet 1:  Population by County (editable PDF)

Worksheet 2: Describing Montana (editable PDF)


Learning from Historical Documents:

Terry Murphy, Montana Farmers Union board member, Testifying to the Legislature about Energy Development, 1973, and Dolph Harris, President of the Economic Development Association of Eastern Montana, Testifying to the Legislature about Energy Development, 1971

Hank Deschenes, of Missoula, Testifying to the Legislature against a Moratorium on Subdividing Agricultural Land, 1975, and Charles Bradley of Bozeman, Testifying to the Legislature in Favor of a Moratorium on Subdividing Agricultural Land, 1974


For Educators: Resources


Interesting Links

Watch video clip to learn how Billings residents stood up to intolerance and started a national movement. 

Watch this video clip to learn how the legacy of the Dawes Act still affects American Indians.

Think that all Indians get monthly checks from the federal government? Think again and visit, a website created by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to dispel untruths about life on the reservation.

Curious about issues facing Montana Indians today? Learn more here.

Watch Chapter 5, "Ethnic Migration," (20 minutes) of Montana Mosaic: 20th Century People and Events to learn more about the Hmong immigrants who settled in Missoula. (Check your library OPI donated a copy of this DVD to every public school in Montana. The DVD is also available as streaming video.) Find User Guides with discussion questions here.

Eva Boyd making baskets
Eva Boyd, basket maker, photo by Alexandra Swaney, courtesy Montana Arts Council
Vermiculite miner
Vermiculite Zonolite Company (W. R. Grace) employee, Libby, photo by Bill Browning, Helena, Montana Historical Society Photo Archives PAc 2002-62.I2B-10865