On Indigenous Peoples Day (October 10), Missoula County and the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) will be dedicating the Beartracks Bridge and new interpretive signs about the 1891 forced removal of the Salish people from their homelands in the Bitterroot Valley. HRA is one of the sponsors of the event. We also wrote in support of renaming the bridge to honor the Bear Tracks (Vanderburg) family, who were among the people the forced by the United States from the Bitterroot to the Flathead Reservation, crossing the Clark Fork River at the site of the present bridge.
HRA is proud of our longstanding relationship with the CSKT and we are thrilled to see this meaningful recognition of the of the Salish people come to fruition.
For more information, please visit https://www.missoulacounty.us/government/administration/commissioners-office/beartracks-bridge