It’s been a full decade since the Crow people ratified their constitution for the Crow Indian Reservation.
On Monday, as the Billings Gazette reports, the tenth set of legislators were sworn in there to the sounds of a Crow warrior song.
Master of ceremonies Robert “Corky” Old Horn told the audience that in the time before the Crow people lived on the reservation, Crow warriors would sing a similar song when they returned from battle against other tribes.
“These were the songs that were sung by the warriors when they would come home victorious,” he said. “And it’s very appropriate to sing such a song to honor our senators that have been re-elected and a new elected senator, along with our veterans who are among the audience here.”
Veteran legislator Carlson “Duke” Goes Ahead gave the keynote speech.
“We collectively represent all the Crow people,” he said. “And whatever legislation we pass affects all of us in one way or another. And so there’s a lot of thought and intent that goes into drafting these laws.
Legislators learn from each other and they learn from their mistakes, Goes Ahead said. The Bible talks about a righteous man falling and getting back up, he told his audience.
“God created us to stand up and move forward,” he said, adding that the Crow people need God to move forward.
Click here to see a photo gallery from the event by Gazette photographer Larry Mayer.