By Griffen Smith
of the Pathfinder 

Swan Valley Indigenous history comes to Condon


August 24, 2023

Griffen Smith, Pathfinder

Tim Ryan speaks about Indigenous tribes that lives across western Montana. The Pend d'Oreille Tribe often used the Swan Valley for hunting and berry gathering.

For thousands of years, members of the Salish Tribe would cross the Mission Mountains into Lindbergh Lake - what they called Long Ridge Trail - and up Holland Creek to reach hunting grounds in the Bob Marshall and Rocky Mountain Front.

The story weaved with countless others as the chair of cultural and language studies at Salish Kootenai College Tim Ryan connected with the past practices of Indigenous groups that lived across western Montana during the annual talk at the Upper Swan Valley Historical Center on Aug. 18.

"We are predominantly in a western worldview environment, and with most...

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