Christine L. Kolczak (she/her)
Missoula Online Academy High School
We acknowledge that we are gathered on indigenous
territory. The Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys are the
original homelands of the Séliš (Salish) and Ql̓ispe
(Pend d’Oreille/Kalispel) people who inhabited this land
since time immemorial. This area was also frequented
by other tribes including the Ksanka (Kootenai),
Niitsitapi (Blackfeet), Newe (Shoshone), Apsáalooke
(Crow), and Ka'igwu (Kiowa).
We honor the original stewards of this land and their
descendants; many of whom continue to live, work,
teach, and learn in this community. We are committed
to showing gratitude for the land and its indigenous
people by respecting and remembering this in our
thoughts and actions.