HISTORY OF THE STATE OF ABSAROKA
THE NATION’S PLAYGROUND
ABSAROKA was a proposed state in the United States that would have comprised parts of the states of Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming, which contemplated secession in 1939. The movement began in 1935, during the Great Depression, as a form of protest against
their respective state governments, who were criticized for failing to provide New Deal federal aid to rural ranchers and farmers.
The name “Absaroka” is derived from the Hidatsa name for the Crow people, meaning “children of the large-beaked bird” and shares a similar name to the nearby Absaroka Range.
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