Humanities Montana Announces New Tribal Partnerships Initiative

Published December 12, 2017

MISSOULA, MONTANA – Humanities Montana recently awarded its first Tribal Partnership agreement and is looking for new projects to partner on in 2018.

The goal of the Tribal Partnerships Initiative is to support humanities projects on the Blackfeet, Flathead, Rocky Boy, Fort Belknap, Fort Peck, Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations, as well as among the Little Shell nation, with up to $5,000 in funding per year. These will be informal relationships rather than conventional grant-driven processes.

In fall 2017 Humanities Montana awarded $5,000 to the Aasaisstto Language Society, Browning, for the first Tribal Partnership Initiative. Support will fund a variety of projects that create innovative ways to revitalize the Piikani language. Aasaisstto Language Society has developed and implemented a language learning pedagogical approach through in-person teaching, interactive online tutorials, and story-telling.

At this time, we are asking potential partners to share their aspirations and stories with us by phone, e-mail, or in person. We are in a listening, learning and gathering mode. We will form up to three partnerships each year, beginning January 1, 2018. If you would like to visit with Humanities Montana about your project, contact Ken Egan, Kim Anderson, or Brooke Beighle, or call our office at 243-6022.

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