The Charlo School Board voted 4-2 to allow the flag of the Flathead Nation to be flown in the school gymnasium alongside the U.S. and Montana flags. Trustee Linda Cox argued the display would tend to segregate and divide students. More than a dozen supporters included Charlo teachers, tribal educators and a school administrator from Dixon. One supporter brought photos showing the flag on display at nearly all other schools on the reservation. The Charlo School Indian Club had worked for two years to get the Salish and Kootenai flag on the gymnasium wall. Trustee Shannon O'Brien insisted on putting the question on the board's October agenda. She said Board Chairman Neal Bucksnick told her that he had privately discussed the issue with other board members and they were opposed, but it had never been discussed at a public meeting
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