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Proposed bill targets 'halfbreed' and 'breed' names in Montana






A view of the Halfbreed Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Montana. Photo from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has proposed a bill to eliminate "halfbreed" and "breed" place names in Montana.

Nicholas Vrooman, a consultant who works for the tribe, counted 17 such names in the state. One is in the federal system -- Halfbreed Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

"Using the terms is a way to really denigrate people; place them on lower rung of society," Vrooman told the Associated Press.

Vrooman plans to find a sponsor for the bill in the next legislative session, which begins in January 2015.

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Tribe: Remove 'halfbreed' from Montana place names (AP 7/31)