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Pablo, Montana
Fostering Leadership and Preserving Native American Culture
Funding from the NEH helped Salish Kootenai College establish its Tribal Historic Preservation degree program. Image courtesy of the Tribal Historic Preservation Program at Salish Kootenai College.

Salish Kootenai College (SKC) serves 68 tribal nations with a focus on 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, including providing funding to document the Salish language. Most recently, the NEH supported the development of an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree program in tribal historic preservation, which prepares students to work in tribal historic preservation offices, cultural departments, and museums, as well as for private cultural resource management firms and government agencies. The program graduated its first class of students in 2014. To date, all students who have received a B.A. in the program have found jobs in their field or continued into graduate school.

“Every resource that is saved and preserved is one more thing we can add to our cultural heritage.”
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