Friends of the Montana Constitution
Friends of the Montana Constitution is a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit that celebrates and supports the Montana Constitution and the people, processes and places that helped to create it fifty years ago in 1972.
The purposes of Friends of the Montana Constitution shall include but not be limited to promoting and enhancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the 1972 Montana Constitution; advancing civics education at all levels about the 1972 Montana Constitution; and recognizing and celebrating the 1972 Constitutional Convention and its delegates.
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Words from our Honorary Co-Chairs and our Chair
In 1972, one hundred citizens-delegates gathered together as Montanans, not partisans, to craft Montana’s foundational document, hailed by many across America as the nation’s best state Constitution. At its 50th Anniversary, the eyes of all Montanans can be opened even more to this wonderful document and hopefully they can enjoy for years to come its strong, people-oriented provisions that serve us all well.
(Governor Schwinden’s health issues have prevented him from commenting at this time. The above is a quote from his previously published comments in June, 2022.)
The more Montanans know about the origin and history of their rights and protections provided for and guaranteed by the Montana Constitution, the more they will trust their government and each other. Friends of the Montana Constitution will greatly advance the opportunities for all of us as Montanans to continue to preserve the liberty and way of life we share.
Unlike the 1889 Constitution, which was written for the powerful interests by the powerful interests, Montana’s 1972 Constitution empowered the people, providing a modern open government and unmatched rights to the people, including a strong right to privacy. It is easy to be a Friend of the Montana Constitution because the Constitution has been a friend to us for 50 years.
Friends of the Montana Constitution is a way that all Montanans can join in supporting, recognizing and respecting our state Constitution. As Attorney General and Governor, I learned first-hand what an amazing document came out of the Constitutional Convention over 50 years ago. It is a document that makes sure the government is held in check and is accountable to the people. We owe it to ourselves to join in the ‘Friends’ effort.
When, as a young attorney, I worked at the 1972 Constitutional Convention, I was amazed and inspired by the way 100 Montana citizen/delegates worked together, without partisanship, to craft a remarkable Constitution that brought Montana out from 83 years under the “copper collar” into a citizen-oriented state. Through Friends of the Montana Constitution, we all can honor them and their efforts.
Montana’s 1972 Constitution is not a Republican or a Democratic document – it is a “We The People “ document – that means all of us. The values expressed in the Preamble – quality of life, equality of opportunity and liberty – are timeless, Montana values. I encourage all Montanans to learn more about their Constitution and their ability to participate in their government at all levels. That is the purpose of Friends of the Montana Constitution.