After the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians gained federal recognition six months ago, students from the University of Montana School of Journalism talked at length with tribal members about what that means to them. Here, student Allison Berrian produced this interview with Terrie LaRocque, who until recently worked at the Little Shell tribal headquarters.
“I was living up on the Hi line in Chinook for about 20 years. I used to be a semi truck driver, and so, I bought a house and got married and lived up there for a long time. But when I got divorced, I have three brothers that live here in town and they wanted me to move down here. They found a job before I even found a place to live.