Socratic Circle with guest speaker Julie Cajune at Council Grove.

Socratic Circle with guest speaker Julie Cajune at Council Grove.

The first session of the Fort Missoula field school got off to a reflective start at Council Grove State Park with CSKT Tribal Member Julie Cajune. The students spent their time at the park reflecting on the the Hellgate Treaty, the meaning of sovereignty, and the human connection to a cultural place. Cajune brought with her the reflections of various Tribal members she has interviewed over the years, which she shared with the students. The students read the quotes, thought about whether the speaker was young or old, and reflected on what the statements meant and how they related to the concepts we were discussing. The students’ first assignment is to analyze the Hellgate Treaty, because without documents like these, created between sovereign Nations, there would be no lead up to the story that is the history of Fort Missoula.

Fosco Bugoni, University of Milan, listening intently.

Fosco Bugoni, University of Milan, listening intently.

Julie Cajune, listens as students debate issues surrounding sovereignty, treaties, and tribal rights.

Julie Cajune, listens as students debate issues surrounding sovereignty, treaties, and tribal rights.

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