FAIR IS FAIR: Bozeman and Butte, Montana

WEDNESDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 We're moving along on the tour, behind on our reports from the various cities, but will try to remedy some of that now. To catch up, we filmed as we drove along (which adds its own humor) from Bozeman to Missoula yesterday, stopping in Butte for lunch. Since I (Marilyn) could not attend the Bozeman events on Monday because I was stuck in the hotel room having what I understand is called a "chemo crash," I've captured the events through interviews with my tour co-horts. I started chemo for breast cancer on Friday morning, September 16, hours before we started our grand Fair is Fair adventure. By Monday, I was only good for sleeping and chatty intervals with chipper morning radio personalities calling to talk with Gil. The tour team checked on me throughout the day, but I missed the lunch with the Native American Studies Program faculty and students, the colloquium on Historical Trauma, and our public event at MSU. Hear now from those who were there!

NINIA GIVES HER TAKE ON THE FAIR IS FAIR IN MONTANA TOUR IN BOZEMAN (All footage was taken on Marilyn's camera, which happened to be on the wrong setting so people are just a bit blurry. She's very sorry and wants to say that our production manager Tonya would never do this.)

BOZEMAN FUN FACTS BREAK: -Bozeman is the fourth largest city in Montana with a population of 37,280 and is the county seat of Gallatin County, which is bigger than both Rhode Island and Delaware and 40% of its land is controlled by the United States Forest Service. -Outside Magazine, has rated Bozeman on of the 15 best “sport cities” in the country. Bozeman received this recognition because of outstanding opportunities for ice climbing, fly-fishing, downhill skiing, hunting, hiking, camping, climbing, canoeing, and kayaking. -The headwaters of the Missouri river are located just west of Bozeman, at Three Forks, where the Jefferson, Gallatin, and Madison Rivers join together.

GIL TALKING ABOUT BOZEMAN

TREKKY BOZE -Bozeman plays a big role in the Star Trek saga. Brandon Braga, a Bozeman native, helped co-write the movie Star Trek: First Contact. In the movie, Bozeman was the place where humans and Vulcans made first contact. There was also a Starfleet starship named after the town called the U.S.S.Bozeman. It was featured in an episode of the series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

FROM THE BACKSEAT: VIDEO PRODUCTION MANAGER TONYA AND MARILYN

LAST TWO -For thousands of years, Native Americans tribes including the Shoshone, Nez Perce, Blackfeet, Flathead and Sioux made the area their home, though the Gallatin Valley was not permanently held by any particular tribe. -Among Montanans Bozeman has been nicknamed Boz Angeles because of the influx of Californians and celebrities that have moved in.

FILMING EN ROUTE

AND WHILE I HAVE YOU....HERE'S A REPORT ON THE CLERGY LUNCH IN BUTTE ON TUESDAY