McDonald Honored for Increasing Employment

Aug 15th, 2003 | By | Category: 15-1: Indigenizing Our Future, Tribal College News
By Ron Selden

Salish Kootenai College President Joe McDonald was honored in February during a joint session of the Montana Legislature. During a speech on other issues, U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) introduced McDonald to the 150 state legislators and praised him for founding Salish Kootenai College (SKC) in Pablo, MT, 27 years ago and developing the school into a model institution.

“He has seen the college grow to serve 1,500 students,” Burns told the gathering. “He has fostered a tribal business development and information center that supports economic development on the Flathead Reservation.” Burns also noted McDonald’s extensive involvement in promoting tribally-controlled colleges at the national level. The tribal college movement, Burns told state lawmakers, “has offered thousands of Native Americans and non-Indians living on or near reservations the opportunity for an education and the promise of a good job.”

McDonald, who holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Montana-Missoula, has served as SKC president since 1978. In 1999, he was named one of Montana’s 100 most influential people of the past century.

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