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56 Counties: April Martin Chalfant, Linwood Tallbull

courtesy Linwood Tallbull and April Martin Chalfant

On this month's episode of 56 Counties, host Russell Rowland features Bighorn County by highlighting ethnobotanist Linwood Tallbull and Executive Director of the Wild Rose Center April Martin Chalfant.

April Martin Chalfant was born and raised on a ranch on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, her family is still in the ranching business. April is the Executive Director of the Wild Rose Center, a retreat and community center located in southeastern Montana that offers fun educational and healing opportunities to all people. Wild Rose Center models the native American philosophy that we are all related which includes all plants, peoples and animals, and we have the ability to heal ourselves to make the communities we reside in beautiful, thoughtful and kind. 

Linwood Tallbull is an instructor of ethnobotany, Indian healing, and tribal history at the Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer. Tallbull grew up near Busby, where he learned his craft from his father, who also taught ethnobotany. He is a Vietnam vet, and a long-time member of the Dog Soldiers of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. Linwood is available to give talks at schools and other institutions. He can be contacted at rosewoodwolf3@gmail.com