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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


December 1, 2001 - Issue 50


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School News


gathered by Vicki Lockard


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Tribes Host First Education Summit

POLSON, Montana -- "Even though there are many programs to assist tribal students to succeed in school, some students still manage to fall through the cracks. In an effort to find out why, and to foster increased coordination between tribal departments, Tribes hosted its first-ever education summit at the KwaTakNuk Resort here on Nov. 19.

Anna Sorrell, organizer of the event and head of the Tribes' Office of Support Services, said Council representative Kevin Howlett, who is the former director of the Tribes' Education Department, led the directive to explore ways tribal education programs could combine efforts.

As a result, Council directed Administration to report back to them with recommendations. She said sponsoring a summit was a way to make that happen and bring all the departments together.

"This is an internal look at our system. Having others share is a benefit. This is the first step," Sorrell said.

The plan is to have a report in hand about the state of Indian education on the Flathead Reservation sometime in January, she added.

About 50 people attended the summit, including representatives of the Tribes' Education Department; the Department of Human Resources Development

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Fort Belknap Tribal college to grow

Fort Belknap Community College in Harlem announced Monday that it plans to break ground next spring on two new campus building projects.

The tribes plan to construct a Gros Ventre and Assiniboine cultural learning center and expand an existing multipurpose building.

Clarena Brodie, dean of students, said the cultural center is intended to serve as a focal point for cultural education activities on the northcentral Montana reservation. The $1 million center will house classrooms and faculty offices for the college’s Native American Studies program and provide an appropriate location for the display of traditional, cultural and historical items.

It will also contain studio space for production of local art and provide meeting facilities for cultural activities and community groups.

The cultural center will allow the college to expand and strengthen its Native American Studies program, while promoting efforts to preserve the heritage of the Assiniboine and Gros Ventre, Brodie said.


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