Hi David... I never saw City Confidential during its initial run, but I tape every episode on Bio now. They happened to show the Bigfork one this week. As I usually do, I looked up the case after the show and found your now 11+ year old post. Very interesting, just wanted to thank you. I think that show is amazingly well done, and I always get so much out of "act one" and the way the community and its characters are delved into (as much as one can in 15 minutes). Compared to the 24/7 true crime programming we have now, which I admittedly enjoy, full of its bloody reenactments... CC is a show that is true to place, people, and local opinion. It's pretty cool that you were a part of it. Wishing you all the best. -Shannon
Does anyone have any idea what these individuals are put through in a boot camp? Even the most mentally stable would have a difficult time succeeding. They are pushed to their breaking point, humiliated, sleep deprived and pushed physically to the point of collapse. I have unfortunately had first hand experience with this and my son who had 5 mental health diagnoses and was sent to the Boot Camp at Deerlodge with no medications. He was motivated but had no chance of succeeding. He lasted one month before suffering a complete breakdown and ending up in prison. To the above comment.... Montana needs to find the finances to properly treat people with mental illness. Psychiatry is real medicine!!! and you most likely need the help of exactly that. "These type of people" speaks volumes. These people are human beings with an illness just like diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimers etc. They deserve treatment for their illnesses just like anyone else. This story is very disheartening and I hope what this mother has done to fight for her son will eventually others in his situation.
Clearly the history of both the Blackfeet and the buffalo bones are closely inter-related and both vastly predate the BIA. The Blackfeet Tribal Council operates under Treaty law, the supreme law of the land. It seems obvious that the BIA would be well advised to follow the suggestion of the Tribal Business Council , and meet with the Council to discuss where might be a better location for a new dormitory, if one is actually needed.
The Blackfeet deserve everything they can possibly get for their community in this "war" with the BIA. No matter how much they ask for, it will never, in even the tiniest way, replace what has been taken from them.
This excellent article underscores the different world views of the players in this continuing controversy.
On the one hand, federal government agencies view this as land to be managed, based on physical objects found in and on the earth. They require proof and documented evidence to apply regulations regarding Native land claims. They have no avenue to include cultural evidence of land use that does not leave a physical record.
On the other hand, the Blackfeet perceive this land as a continuum, the place where they have lived, worshipped, hunted and played for centuries. The objects are only the signs that they are here. It is the land that is important, the land where their ancestors lived and are buried. Their connection to the land is through their ancestors graves.
Saying, "We have always lived here," does not necessarily mean: "This patch of dirt right here under my feet." "Here" is the earth in which the ancestors are buried. The relationship with that earth continues unbroken to the present. Though a particular group may have moved from place to place through historic time, they have always been "Here."
With an education someone here making defending the sickening abuse of the sanctity of marriage might have a chance at making a decent argument. That, however will not happen while under the polygamist rule of her family. Most of the comments are obviously made by Pinesdale inbreads.
What a fascinating woman and life JC has led. Who is to say she is not a Goddess and a female Messiah?
Doug Koester was money as a singer, guitar player and bass player. We should all be so lucky to make other people happy as Prophecy did years ago. Rock on.
Was the airport manager Cliff Larsen aware of any of this EMBEZZLEMENT scam that took place over several years? One would think he could find out land values and lead the airport in a postive direction for aquiring land. Seems like Seymore took the hit for some others that never got caught.
Sorry, Jean; but you are totally wrong on your greed comment. I know Clayton and Chad personally and have met the others involved. There is not an ounce of greed in any of them. Do the math: off the top the landowners get half, the rest is divided between at least four entities plus the auction house. The "locals" may end up with enough to stay on their land another year.
Jack - No one has ever found red blood cells inside dinosaur fossils.
The bones aren't 66 million years old. Ask Mary Schweitzer who supposedly found a 68 million year old Tyrannosaurus rex in Montana only to find red blood cells. Please explain how blood cells can last this long. Thousands of years, maybe. We are being fooled by the wrongful suggestion of fossilization dating.
Like so many things, it isn't what you do so much as how you do it. Horner is correct in saying that much information has been lost on this excavation. Bakker is correct in saying the specimens are extremely important to science. Phipps is correct in saying fossils have value. And, I am correct in saying that eastern Montana is a wonderful place to hunt dinosaurs.
I, too, grew up on a ranch, and wanted nothing more than to continue. Unfortunately, if you study dinosaurs properly, you can't sell them, and I wasn't able to keep my property while still adhering to proper paleontological ethic. I have dug literally millions of dollars' worth of dinosaurs in my life, and they are all in museums - mostly in Montana.
The science of paleontology requires proper collection and future access to any specimen studied. The problem with Phipps' collections is neither of those requirements can be guaranteed. That is why no one can write them up.
I believe there is room for everyone - amateurs, commercial collectors, and professionals. However, we have to work together if we want the best results without stepping on each other. There are non-significant fossils. There are fossils that are significant, but easily collected. And, there are fossils that shouldn't be touched unless someone is standing there who knows exactly what needs to be done for future paleontological studies. What we really need is a set of rules that addresses these issues rather than a rule that says what can be done to a fossil based on where it's located.
David Trexler, Paleontologist
Sorry commentor above: they ARE their dinosaurs, whether YOU like it or not. Try learning the history of paleontology & you will find that science has benefitted IMMENSELY by buying specimens over the years.
I have been to the Bitteroot Elk hunting back in the 80's. It was made perfectly clear to me to come spend lots of money and get out. When I was there the standard of living was a few rich and mostly poor. It looks to me that the people they don't want there have provided a middle class for the majority. The outfitters are leasing up as much property as they can to keep out the guy who wants to do it on his own. If Huey wants to take care of his part, it isn't near as bad as the local poachers. Oh by the way what is a elk hunt now 7-10,000.00. Everybody is profiting from the rich or poor people that come that area. GW
Sorry folks. They are not your dinosaurs. These treasures belong to the world. Does greed know no bounds? Do we sell human remains to the highest bidder? It is in the best interest of science to avoid buying specimens.
I'd like to know if there has been any ground gained in this battle to have guardian ad litems regulated. Does anyone have any news?
Anyone working in the correctional field must start receiving appropriate training!! Or, we will continue to witness released inmates getting worse instead of improving. To promote severe punishment upon the mentally ill makes one think that some of these people employed in the field indeed have a criminal mind. Please read true stories about neuropsychological facts written in the book Fractured Minds by Jeannie D. Olgden. Wake up society.
you're right, I have heard nothing but bad things about Young. I have a friend who works in Polson and had to speak with Young. She is one of the nicest ladies I know, and she said he treated her like dirt. She is a licensed professional, so she was in shock at how he treated other professionals. He is unprofessional, unintelligent, and trash. The only reason why he has his job is because of who he knows. He's corrupt.
Trust no one in law enforcement ask them to explain everything they do........and question the motivation.....
new officers are just smart enough to do what they are told without question
and just dumb enough to not question a morally bankrupt order from uppers.....there in is corruption
and as a law enforcement officer commiting a crime someones divorce matters when they do $25000 dollars in damage to someones vehicle when they fall in love with a real man.
not a scarred hiding little boy that threw a tantrum and now hidesw his misdeed in lake county....
tell them I'm wrong P.O.S.T. go ahead how bout the missoula police do they deny this happened
How bout you mayor keep smiling engan you were told of this by me and still nothing done...... look for me at your public appearances an aggitater is mild term for me.... dishonest john engan lie by ommision is still a lie....
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