CDKC Research Reaches from Mali to Lame Deer

Nov 15th, 2004 | By | Category: 16-2: Tribal College Research, Tribal College News
CDKC RESEARCHERS IN MALI

NATIVE TO NATIVE. Bob Madsen, CDKC science instructor, and Janelle Beartusk, CDKC student, work with farmers and Peace Corps volunteers in Mali, Africa.

After months of preparation, an instructor and a student from Chief Dull Knife College (CDKC, Lame Deer, MT) traveled to Mali, Africa, in November 2003 to work with farmers and Peace Corps volunteers there. The instructor, Bob Madsen, and the student, Janelle Beartusk (Northern Cheyenne), stayed for nine days.

They delivered Integrated Pest Management poster sets to the Peace Corps volunteers, who instruct the Malian farmers about how to combat the cowpea pest problem. The posters were developed by Montana State University. Their research trip was funded by USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant and the NSF Tribal College and University Program.

Bob Madsen and two CDKC student interns will return to Mali in December 2004 to evaluate and measure the effectiveness of the project.

The science department at the college is involved in several other research projects, including studying how honeybees regulate their body temperatures. The department works with the University of Montana on this Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Honeybee Thermoregulation Research Project, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

In a project to document cultural and historical use of the bison, Linwood Tallbull (Northern Cheyenne) narrated the butchering of a bison. College students and staff watched the demonstration, which was recorded on video for the CDKC archives.

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