POPLAR, Mont. — Humanities Montana’s new Tribal Partnerships Initiative awarded a $5,000 grant to Fort Peck Community College in support of its Native Language Instructor (N.L.I.) program. Fort Peck Community College (F.P.C.C.) began offering the new program in 2017 to address the minimal number of language instructors on the Fort Peck Reservation for both the Assiniboine and Dakota languages. Humanities Montana funds will assist F.P.C.C.’s efforts to teach the Assiniboine Language to youth ages 6-18 and to provide support to its students enrolled in the N.L.I. program.
Humanities Montana is the state’s independent, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1972, Humanities Montana has provided services and grants to hundreds of Montana organizations in support of public programs in history, literature, civil conversations, and public issues. Among its many programs are its grants, Montana Conversations, Speakers in the Schools, Hometown Humanities, Community Conversations, Letters About Literature, and the Governor’s Humanities Awards.