By Vince Devlin
The decision will "significantly change" plans that were two years in the works, according to Lois Hart, president of the Polson Flathead Historical Museum.
"There are obviously mixed feelings about it," Hart said in a 2009 interview with the Missoulian.
Land left after the Indians had chosen their acreage was declared "surplus," and made available to nontribal members.
For a similar controversy in Oklahoma, see Countering Land Run Celebrations.
Below: The Oklahoma land rush. "We're rugged, self-reliant individualists who pull ourselves up by the bootstraps. Now give us our free Indian land, dammit!"