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Old 09-12-2009, 12:16 PM
 
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Are there many Hispanics in Montana? Do they seem to assimilate well and are they accepted by most?
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Old 09-12-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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In the Helena area we don't see any at all.
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Old 09-12-2009, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Sheridan, Wy
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Are there many Hispanics in Montana? Do they seem to assimilate well and are they accepted by most?
Have you tried looking at the City Data Statistics.

If you go to the main web page www.city-data.com and go to Montana and you can even go as far is city by city, it will give you the ethnic break down of each town ect.

As far as acceptance, I am pretty sure as long as people move to Montana to live and not change things they will be accepted pretty well. Some people get a little frustrated when newcomers don't attempt to assimilate to the culture but rather change it to where they came from.
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Old 09-12-2009, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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There seems to be some in the Billings area. A good way to find out who is around is to have a rummage sale. All kinds of people show up!
IMO, the Hispanics who came to our recent sale weren't making any effort at all, or minimal effort, to "assimilate". They chattered away in their "native tongue", apparently uncaring that those around them might consider it rude to do so. However, when it came to bargaining for a reduced price on an item, they suddenly were quite fluent in American English!
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Old 09-12-2009, 02:58 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Are there many Hispanics in Montana? Do they seem to assimilate well and are they accepted by most?
Care to share more in respect to your question? Are you looking at an area?
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Old 09-12-2009, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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You seem to be asking the same question, or something very similar about minorities all over the country.

May I ask why you want to know about Montana? Any desire to move here or visit? Doing your college term paper? Or just curious?

One off topic comment and I'll close this thread!
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Old 09-12-2009, 06:38 PM
 
Location: SCBC
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As long as you don't come here trying to make YOU'RE language the main language, you'll be accepted fine in most areas. But if you come here not talking english, people are gonna be a little hesitant to accept you, IMO.
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Old 09-12-2009, 07:28 PM
 
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I am no flaming liberal for sure, but for the most part I have viewed Mexicans here and in their own country as hard-working people who I'd like to get to know a little better. Assimilate? Holy smokes we characterize them with all sorts of evils, not the least of which is they like to speak their native tonge!! Get a grip. Have you ever seen a group of Americans in Germany or France? They do the same but they expect Germans and French people to speak English.

Yep, we have some high crime stats in areas where their are high proportions of Mexican illegals. Ever wonder why? Think about it.
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Old 09-12-2009, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I've never had a problem in Montana.
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:38 PM
 
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Default Cheap labor

My friend who moved to Montana a few years ago had brought his Mexican workers from California to work on his ranch. They were supposed to stay there a few weeks and didn’t stay longer than a few days because of the harassment they experienced by the locals. Now in my honest opinion I don’t think it was necessarily because they were Mexican but because they were considered “cheap labor” being brought into Montana taking the jobs of the locals. I guess from what I was told was they couldn’t even go to the local grocery store without getting rude comments, threats and dirty looks from people. This information is just second hand from my friend so maybe one of the locals on this thread can confirm if this type of attitude is common or not. On one hand I can totally understand the locals being threatened by “cheap labor” coming in and taking their jobs but on the other hand I don’t think that excuses their rudeness. Just my opinion.
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