Our Elders teach us that the most effective way to invest in the future is through education. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes strive to build a self-sufficient society and economy and the primary way to do so is by investing in future generations.
Tribal Education is involved in several new initiatives over the next several years as well as continuing with our present programs. We will continue to work to support our students and educators in the public school system, advocate for individual student rights, provide incentives for attendance and GPA, provide teacher education through Tribal PIR and other venues, and provide scholarships for college students. We will continue with year 2 of our State Tribal Education Partnership as one of just 5 tribes in the nation with this funding from the US Department of Education. Please see the new STEP tab at the top of our web page and be patient as we add new information about the program, partner schools, and staff.
We are excited for two new efforts as well. One is another US Department of Education-funded project in the area of College and Career Readiness. We are partnering with Salish Kootenai College, Two Eagle River School, and the University of Montana in this project to assist our young people in being college-ready or for a career in a chosen field. Look for more in this area over the next four years.
Second, we are in partnership with the University of Montana through our existing SciNation collaboration to design, build, and implement a "maker" project for culturally relevant Science education throughout the Reservation. This effort is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. We will equip a vehicle we are calling a "maker truck" with a variety of hands-on scientific and cultural activities, combine it with role models for youth, and implement the project throughout the Reservation communities over the next year and beyond. We are very excited about this cutting edge approach to reaching our rural communities with a robust program of culturally rich science education to empower a new generation of home-grown science leaders. Look for the maker truck in your community in the near future! We anticipate rolling this truck out some time in the spring of 2017.
Finally, we continue to have management responsibility for the People's Center and we are excited to support their efforts for cultural educational programming for all residents and visitors to the Flathead Reservation.
We will continue to seek community involvement through our Tribal Education Committee and other venues as we enter another year at Tribal Education. Thank you for your support of our efforts!
Bill Swaney, Tribal Education Department Head
Tribal Education is in partnership with Salish Kootenai College and Two Eagle River School on a US Department of Education funded "Native Youth Community Project". Our NYCP is focused on College and...