BROWNING – It was a gesture of friendship, unity and compassion between two rival basketball teams.
At the end of February, Columbia Falls bull rider and parent Beau Hill was accused of holding a racially insensitive sign at a Columbia Falls versus Browning girls basketball game.
Hill said the sign was not derogatory toward Native Americans and but was a tribute to a family friend and his dog.
Nevertheless, the Columbia Falls principal made a post on the school’s Facebook page condemning the sign, regardless of its true meaning.
So on Wednesday night, in Browning, the Columbia Falls girls basketball team presented a Pendleton blanket to Browning High School in the honor of the spirit of sportsmanship.
Pendleton blankets are given to commemorate important events and have a centuries-long history in Native communities.