Dull Knife Promotes Students’ DreamsAug 15th, 1998 | By tcj | Category: 10-1: Teaching Math and Science, Tribal College News
Mary Reevis has been selected as the coordinator for the School to Work Program at Dull Knife Memorial College (Lame Deer, Mont.). “Hold on to your Dreams” is the theme for the project, which helps students in grades K-12 explore their career goals. Reevis says the program has been strongly supported by area schools, businesses, and agencies in the communities.
Reevis brings her philosophy of American Indian education with her to her job as coordinator. “American Indian Education in its purity has been passed down generation to generation through the oral tradition . This philosophy of thought and tradition has been one with spirituality both in heart and in our way of life. American Indian education begins in the womb when the parents and other relatives look at the child as a treasure. This is the first thing American Indian children learn before they are even born,” she says.
Mary Reevis is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation, who worked as a counselor for Blackfeet Community College for five years. She earned a master’s of business administration from the University of Montana. Her Blackfeet name is “A Woman who has Feathers.” She says, “American Indian education must seek to develop the student as a whole American Indian person in spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional balance. The fully developed students must be aware of themselves as unique amongst the People and as a unique American Indian outside the People.”
“Our students should be able to draw strength and purpose from this awareness,” she says. “American Indian education should empower students. It should motivate and energize, activate, animate, and ignite the students.”
As part of the School to Work Program, Dr. Frank Rowland (Northern Cheyenne) is also developing a Pathmakers series for school curriculum, which will document and highlight the career and professional development of 14 Crow and Northern Cheyenne people. The projects are part of a $932,960 U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded to Little Big Horn College and Dull Knife Memorial College to serve all 5,233 students in schools on or near the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations.