Several Missoula City Council members spent their Columbus Day meeting with members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes on Monday.
At the meeting in St. Ignatius, they discussed the possibility of incorporating the native language into signage around Missoula. The native language would be seen on signs, including the one's entering the city, or any that might have cultural significance to tribal members. It's all part of city's efforts to strengthen ties with the tribes.
"I can think of no better day than Columbus Day to reach out to our brothers and sisters on the Flathead Indian Reservation to look for a way to heal some of those wounds and look for ways in which the City of Missoula and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes can work together in the future," said city counselor, Dave Strohmaier.
The signage project and its funding will be planned through the city's wayfinding committee, before heading to city council for the final approval.