HOUSE BILL NO. 748
INTRODUCED BY J. BAHR, B. BESSETTE, S. MORIGEAU, A. OLSEN, R. PEPPERS, T. RUNNINGWOLF, M. RYAN, F. SMITH, S. STEWART PEREGOY, M. WEATHERWAX, S. WEBBER, J. WINDY BOY
AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE MINNIE SPOTTED-WOLF MEMORIAL HIGHWAY IN PONDERA COUNTY; DIRECTING THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO INSTALL SIGNS AT THE LOCATION AND TO INCLUDE THE MEMORIAL HIGHWAY ON THE NEXT PUBLICATION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY MAP; PROVIDING AN APPROPRIATION; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE.
WHEREAS, Minnie Spotted-Wolf was born on a ranch near Heart Butte, Montana, in 1923; and
WHEREAS, Minnie Spotted-Wolf was a member of the Blackfeet Tribe; and
WHEREAS, as a young woman, Minnie Spotted-Wolf worked her father's ranch, where her work included driving a 2-ton truck and breaking horses; and
WHEREAS, Private Minnie Spotted-Wolf became the first Native American woman to serve in the United States Marine Corps when she enlisted in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve in July 1943; and
WHEREAS, Minnie Spotted-Wolf's ranch working experience served her well as a heavy equipment operator and driver for the United States Marine Corps; and
WHEREAS, Minnie Spotted-Wolf served in the United States Marine Corps in World War II and in peace time, from 1943 to 1947; and
WHEREAS, after her military service, Minnie Spotted-Wolf earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Northern Montana College and spent 29 years as a teacher; and
WHEREAS, Minnie Spotted-Wolf passed away on January 1, 1988, leaving a legacy of service, both as a Marine and as a teacher; and
WHEREAS, the 66th Legislature of the State of Montana honors Minnie Spotted-Wolf for her exemplary life of service and leadership.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Minnie Spotted-Wolf memorial highway. (1) There is established the Minnie Spotted-Wolf memorial highway on existing U.S. highway 89 from mile marker 85.3 to mile marker 89.
(2) The department shall design and install appropriate signs marking the location of the Minnie Spotted-Wolf memorial highway.
(3) Maps that identify roadways in Montana must be updated to include the location of the Minnie Spotted-Wolf memorial highway when the department updates and publishes the state maps.
Section 2. Appropriation. There is appropriated $1 from the general fund to the department of transportation for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, for the purpose of [section 1].
Section 3. Codification instruction. [Section 1] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 60, chapter 1, part 2, and the provisions of Title 60, chapter 1, part 2, apply to [section 1].
Section 4. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.
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