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Minnie Spotted Wolf Memorial Highway

66th Legislator House Bill No. 0748

 INTRODUCED BY J. BAHR, B. BESSETTE, S. MORIGEAU, A. OLSEN, R. PEPPERS, T. RUNNINGWOLF,  M. RYAN, F. SMITH, S. STEWART PEREGOY, M. WEATHERWAX, S. WEBBER, J. WINDY BOY A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE MINNIE SPOTTED-WOLF MEMORIAL HIGHWAY IN PONDERA COUNTY; DIRECTING THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO INSTALL SIGNS AT THE LOCATION AND TO INCLUDE THE MEMORIAL HIGHWAY ON THE NEXT PUBLICATION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY MAP; PROVIDING AN APPROPRIATION; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE  EFFECTIVE DATE."  WHEREAS, Minnie Spotted-Wolf was born on a ranch near Heart Butte, Montana, in 1923; and

WHEREAS, Minnie Spotted-Wolf was a member of the Blackfeet Tribe; and 

WHEREAS, as a young woman, Minnie Spotted-Wolf worked her father's ranch, where her work included driving a 2-ton truck and breaking horses; and

WHEREAS, Private Minnie Spotted-Wolf became the first Native American woman to serve in the United States Marine Corps when she enlisted in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve in July 1943; and 17 

WHEREAS, Minnie Spotted-Wolf's ranch working experience served her well as a heavy equipment operator and driver for the United States Marine Corps; and 

WHEREAS, Minnie Spotted-Wolf served in the United States Marine Corps in World War II and in peace 20 time, from 1943 to 1947; and

WHEREAS, after her military service, Minnie Spotted-Wolf earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Northern Montana College and spent 29 years as a teacher; and

WHEREAS, Minnie Spotted-Wolf passed away on January 1, 1988, leaving a legacy of service, both as a Marine and as a teacher; and

WHEREAS, the 66th Legislature of the State of Montana honors Minnie Spotted-Wolf for her exemplary 26 life of service and leadership.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA: 29 30 NEW SECTION. Section 1. Minnie Spotted-Wolf memorial highway. (1) There is established the - 1 - Authorized Print Version - HB 748 66th Legislature HB0748.02 1 Minnie Spotted-Wolf memorial highway on existing U.S. highway 89 from mile marker 85.3 to mile marker 89. 2 (2) The department shall design and install appropriate signs marking the location of the Minnie 3 Spotted-Wolf memorial highway. 4 (3) Maps that identify roadways in Montana must be updated to include the location of the Minnie 5 Spotted-Wolf memorial highway when the department updates and publishes the state maps. 6 7 NEW SECTION. Section 2. Appropriation. There is appropriated $1 from the general fund to the 8 department of transportation for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, for the purpose of [section 1]. 9 10 NEW SECTION. Section 3. Codification instruction. [Section 1] is intended to be codified as an 11 integral part of Title 60, chapter 1, part 2, and the provisions of Title 60, chapter 1, part 2, apply to [section 1]. 12 13 NEW SECTION. Section 4. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval. 14 - END 

 https://leg.mt.gov/bills/2019/HB0799/HB0748_2.pdf 

Naming Ceremony Agenda

Date: August 9th, 2019

Location: HWY 89 @ Mile Marker  85

11:00 AM Roadside Ceremony with the Blackfeet              Warrior Women Honor Guard

Speakers

  • Gov. Steve Bullock (Tentative)
  • U.S. Senator John Tester (Tentative)
  • Chairman Tim Davis, Blackfeet Tribal Business Council
  • Senator Susan Webber, MT SD 8
  • Representative Jade Bahr, MT HD 50 Billings


5:00 PM  @ Heart Butte Indian Days 

Feed- Sponsored by Western Native Voice


7:00 PM  PVT Minnie Spotted Wolf Honor Dance sponsored by the Blackfeet Warrior Women Honor Guard

Minnie Spotted Wolf Memorial Highway

USMC Minnie Spotted Wolf first native american woman marine

To be dedicated to

  

Private Minnie Spotted-Wolf of Heart Butte, Montana, enlisted in the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve in July 1943. She was the first female American Indian to enroll in the Corps. 

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Heavy Equiptment Operator

  

She was 20 years old when she enlisted in the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve on July 1943. She served during World War II as a heavy equipment operator and driver. She served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1943-1947.

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Heart Butte, Montana

 Minnie was born on June 20, 1923 and grew up on the family ranch.     

Father  John Spotted Wolf (1881) and Maggie Aims Back Spotted Wolf (1898). She had three older sisters, Petronella (1918), Angeline (1919), Mary (1921), and one younger sister and brother, Theresa G. (1926) and John A. (1931).