Posted: May 30, 2013 10:50 AM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
Updated: May 30, 2013 11:02 AM
HELENA - Hundreds, possibly thousands, of members of a loose-knit group called the Rainbow Family are planning another Montana summer visit. The question is - where?
About 20 members of the Rainbow Family are currently staged at Crow Creek, southwest of Townsend.
Officials are keeping a close eye on the group that has been near Radersburg since the beginning of May.
The U.S. Forest Service has been assisting the group to make sure it has a safe plan while staying in any national forest.
"All our efforts are being pinpointed to finalize the clean-up rehabilitation plan as they have mentioned to us that they will soon leave the area and be out of there by at least the middle of June to attend the national gathering," Bob Mickelson, spokesman for the Helena National Forest, said.
The Rainbow Family of Living Light website states the event will be held somewhere in Montana this year. The annual event, which has been held since 1972, can attract as many as 20,000 people.
The Rainbow Family website states:
What is the Rainbow Family?
Some say we're the largest non-organization of non-members in the world. We have no leaders, and no organization. To be honest, the Rainbow Family means different things to different people. I think it's safe to say we're into intentional community building, non-violence, and alternative lifestyles. We also believe that Peace and Love are a great thing, and there isn't enough of that in this world. Many of our traditions are based on Native American traditions, and we have a strong orientation to take care of the Earth. We gather in the National Forests yearly to pray for peace on this planet.