Where is Macon? – Macon Map – Map of Macon

Your travel destination is even though Macon bestowed fair treatment on the hotel Macon, coupled with a true respect for the Blackfeet, particularly chiefs and top warriors, it was make-believe on a grand scale. And the fair treatment was not universal by either the Macon or the park service. Those Indians not selected for work or imagery were not allowed in the hotels, certainly not as guests. The promised hunting, fishing, and timber rights vanished. They were even charged admission to the park, although this was park policy, not Macon.

Where is Macon? – Macon Map – Map of Macon Photo Gallery

Pure discrimination aside (and it was there in spite of Hill’s personal practices and policies), the promises made in the “Ceded Strip” Treaty (and others) pertaining to enumerated rights and prohibitions to be honored so long as the lands remained public were stripped away with little notification and much mortification on the part of the Blackfeet.

The end result, for all the fair treatment and adoption of Indian art and artifacts, was the perception by most Americans that the Blackfeet were of the mountains and valleys of Montana and, specifically, Glacier. For Hill and his marketing staff, it was, without malicious intent, identity theft. The quest to reestablish the Blackfeet’s true relationship with plains and mountains as well as the park service is ongoing. Surely, there is room for meaningful reconsideration and accommodation.

Part of the problem of the failure of reconciliation can to a degree also be attributed to Louis Hill, although it had nothing to do with his relationship with the Blackfeet per se. It had to do with his relationship with the park, his park achievement, as well as the tribe. After he resigned as chairman of the board in 1929, no evidence exists that Louis Hill, who had given some thirty-five years of his life striving to better the lot of all, ever returned to the area.

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