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Pablo, Montana
Fostering Leadership and Preserving Native American Culture

A Native American Tribal College, Salish Kootenai College serves the people of the Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’Oreilles tribes. In addition to offering its students quality post-secondary education, the college preserves tribal languages and cultures and helps them thrive. The NEH has supported Salish Kootenai College with several grants. Because the Salish language has fewer than 30 fluent speakers remaining, the NEH provided funding to document and archive the endangered language. The NEH also supported leadership training and the creation of an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree program in tribal historic preservation. In the degree program, students study historic preservation, Native American civilization, social sciences, technology, and law. Upon graduating, students are qualified to work in tribal historic preservation offices, cultural departments, and museums, as well as for private cultural resource management firms and government agencies.

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