NSF, Fort Belknap Create Science Excellence CenterFeb 15th, 2010 | By tcj | Category: 21-3: Tribal College Faculty, Spring 2010, Tribal College News
The National Science Foundation has awarded Fort Belknap College (FBC, Harlem, MT) a $1.1 million, five-year grant to establish the Aani-Nakoda Environmental Science Excellence Center. FBC is the only minority-serving institution to receive the grant.
The tribal college envisions a model of indigenous science education firmly rooted in the culture and homeland of the A’ani (White Clay) and Nakoda people.
According to Development Director Dr. Deborah His Horse is Thunder, students will receive rigorous and relevant training in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The training will affirm and reinforce the validity of indigenous knowledge, address community needs, and prepare students to make meaningful contributions to an increasingly diverse STEM workforce, both locally and globally.