RACE AND MY COMMUNITY
Whether you are of a different color or just from another state, it takes some
time for the locals to accept you as a part of their community.
I moved here 11 years ago from
the Seattle, Washington area.
I know exactly what it is like, and I am a white
accepting people who are different is easy; however, there is one thing that we need to remember
before judging someone who is different from us; the blood pumping through our vanes is of the
there are almost 975,000 people who call the state of Montana home (U.S.
We are the Big Sky State and one of the “last frontiers” in America.
rolling plains and mountain peaks, people come from all over to seek enterprise or escape from
the busy, big city environment.
The outdoor adventurist is easily seduced by her raw and
We have almost endless hunting, fishing, and camping.
agriculture consists of cattle, wheat, barley, sugar beets, hay, and hogs.
Mining, food processing,
and lumber supply a large number of industrial jobs.
Yet our unemployment rate has increased
by a percent in the last year (Montana-Facts.com).
Native Americans make up 6.4% of the state’s population and are Montana’s largest
minority (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009).
The Yellowstone County area, which consists most
notably of the city of Billings (the County Seat) and towns of Custer, Laurel, Lockwood,
Huntley, Shepherd, and Worden.
There are an estimated 144,797 people living in Yellowstone