Evan Barrett lives in historic Uptown Butte after retiring following 47 years at the top level of Montana economic development, government, politics and education. He is an award-winning producer of Montana history videos who continues to write columns and commentaries and occasionally teaches Montana history.
Rice was right — destroying American institutions? Over our dead bodies.
By: Evan Barrett - June 26, 2022
At last week’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Montana’s 1972 Constitution, there were many memorable moments, including the presentation of Jim Rice, Associate Justice of the Montana Supreme Court, during the panel discussion about “The Basic Rule of Law: The Backbone of a Constitution.” Rice, who prior to his 2001 Supreme Court appointment had been […]
Montana begins its ‘Constitutional Celebrate’ as document celebrates 50th anniversary
By: Evan Barrett - March 15, 2022
Fifty years ago, in 1972, 100 Montana citizens gathered and wrote the state’s new Constitution. Of those 100 giants of Montana history, only 12 are still with us. In 1972, Montanans began changing Montana from a state known at the time as a “corporate colony” of the powerful Anaconda Company into a state that vested […]
50 years later, the ‘Con-Con’ still a model for today
By: Evan Barrett - February 22, 2022
I recently sat in awe as I listened to 94-year-old Montana Constitutional Convention Delegate Wade Dahood, one of 12 remaining delegates of the original 100, talk about his convention experience 50 years ago. From his Anaconda law office, Dahood addressed a camera and a reporter for an interview, part of a series noting and celebrating […]
Montana doesn’t have nor want a state police
By: Evan Barrett - November 17, 2021
In Montana we do not have to worry about a knock at the door at night after which we are confronted with a gruff voice declaring, “This is the state police, and we want to talk to you.” Every four years when we Montanans vote we have the opportunity to select our county sheriff, the […]