By Tim Ravndal,
In 2020 a complaint was lodged, claiming the names of 2 campgrounds on Canyon Ferry Lake were racist. That complaint triggered the Federal Bureau of Reclamation to arbitrarily begin to change the names of the Confederate Campground and Chinamen’s Bay Campground.
State and Local government officials were excluded from the decision to change the names which originated from the top officials. Because the continuing effort to erase History was expanding across America, citizens called foul.
The name change of “Confederate Campground” brought forward the subject of public trust to the front page in Broadwater County. An effort to use diplomacy in achieving accountability was ignored by officials at all levels of the federal government…until a short video where removing tape from the signs at the campgrounds was publicized.
Citizens took a stand to seek accountability to the people by government officials. Here is when a citizen of Montana took the challenge of the need to be heard. Due to a huge push against the Bureau of Reclamation for their arbitrary change, the process was reversed in this case.
Multiple organizations that are on the hunt for social engineering went back to the top to rename more historic sites here in Montana. These changes are again on the history of the Confederate era of America where Confederate President Jefferson Davis played a huge part in the making of America.
Under the federal government, the U.S. Board of Geographic Names that is charged with official designations has been tasked with renaming 3 places in Montana. The three sites are named after President Davis, now the effort is asking to change them to recognize indigenous people and Chinese immigration.
We looked into who is seeking the name changes and it is clear that social engineering is in full play under the Biden administration.
Using the racial equity card… The Montana Racial Equity Project, The Montana Human Rights Network, Forward Montana Foundation, the Mai Wah Society, the Montana Wilderness Association, The Wilderness Society and the Confederated Salish and Kootneai Tribes joined together to advance their cause.
Just off the back side of the Montana Capital is Davis Gulch. The gulch corresponded with the naming of Confederate Gulch era when mining and the settling of the Montana Territory were in full play.
Two other sites that are in the heart of the Bitteroot Mountains were named after President Davis and have historic and local history tied to them from the mid to late 1800’s as landmarks. These geographic locations are well known by residents and have been managed respectfully since their inception.
The groups petitioning for name change are promoting racial profiling in their efforts. They claim that President Davis was front and center promoting slavery and white supremacy. What the groups do not disclose is the rest of the story that is written in the history books of America.
The coined phrase of “White Supremacist” is the headline being used by the groups that are petitioning the name change.
Just last year, the scene at the front of the Montana Capitol building was changed to recognize the multiple tribal nations here in Montana. The circle of flags brought forward in the recognition of history. This follows action that took place in 2017 in Helena where under the cover of darkness, the City of Helena removed a statute from one of the city parks.
The groups claim that rather than keeping a part of history, they refuse to recognize a white supremacist. The division card is being played again. We were advised that instead of recognizing a white supremacist who is given credit for tearing this country apart, it would be better to elevate another class of citizens to a new level.
Native Americans are part of separate sovereign nations that by today’s standards are afforded equal freedom under the law. However in reality, the sovereign nations are under a far reaching authority. Montana as a state has long been regarded as ground zero in integrity where until recently citizens from all backgrounds showed respect for one another.
The race card being played is a tool that has become the hallmark of social engineering that in reality continues to divide America according to many history experts. When cultural recognition is used to elevate one class of citizen over another, is there equality? That question regularly comes up in the Montana Legislature and often causes further division.
One of the people who signed the petition said geographic features named after an icon of white supremacy like Davis aren’t just words on a map. Rather, this is a slap in the face of ethnic and racial equality.
Another one of the leaders of this latest effort of division claims racism, slavery, insurrection, and treason as justification to rename these locations. Travis McAdam with the Montana Human Rights Network also claims these names likely offend every member of society and are not supported by any Montana citizen in any form.
The group is recognizing a Salish Chief Three Eagles, that exchanged supplies and recognized the Lewis & Clark expedition in the early 1800’s. Although there are early records of this encounter, the west being settled at the time has many other sides to the story that are not being told in this concept of names.
Back to the earlier complaints on the Canyon Ferry Lake Campgrounds it was claimed that the use of any reference of Chinese Immigration was racist. Now the renaming of Davis Creek to Choos-wee Creek turns the card once again but this time elevating the Chinese immigrants rather than discrediting them.
Davis Gulch is to be changed to In-qu-qu-leet, a rough interpretation of the Salish language that references lodgepole pine. Will that perhaps render a need to change the history in the naming of the Douglas Fir? Many citizens that we spoke to are confused as to why we are erasing history because of the opinion of a few individuals. Many claim that these groups are capitalizing on the social engineering programs being instituted in America at the expense of the people.
Montana Wilderness Association is claiming that the names that remain on the map are wrong and they must gear up to push officials at every level to make changes. They believe most Montanans would not defend a person who is a white supremacist, a slave owner and an ardent supporter of slavery. Those we spoke to that know the history of slavery in America, are extremely saddened by the division brought forward by different groups supported by the current federal administration.
If the Montana Wilderness Association is expending resources to change names on areas that are not even considered for wilderness designation what is their motive for pulling the race card in this effort? We asked this question of several citizens in the Helena area and many just shook their heads in dis-belief.
A judge that is also playing the “Erase History game” approved changing the name of Lost Coon Lake near Whitefish to Lost Loon Lake. Many we talked to stated that the changing of this name to “Loon” is perhaps very indicative to loony tunes in charge.
In 2017, the city of Helena removed a 101-year-old memorial in Hill Park that honored Confederate soldiers after a group of Native American state lawmakers called on the city to remove it.
It appears that even though changing offensive names in Montana is a challenge, the march continues under the new federal administration. If local government officials are included, the process may bring forward the whole truth. Until then, many citizens of Montana are calling for honesty and transparency in the process.
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