Fort Belknap Researches Culture SitesAug 15th, 1997 | By tcj | Category: 9-2: Re-envisioning Indian Education, Tribal College News
Students and faculty at Fort Belknap College in Montana are working with community members to research, document, and inventory the location of important cultural and ethnobotanical sites on the reservation. The project involves state-of-the-art GPS (Global Positioning System) and GIS (Geographic Information System) technology. “Weaving Traditions and Technology in Natural Resource Education” is a one year project funded with $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Services.
Fort Belknap College has also received funds to study water quality. The college is collaborating with the Fort Belknap Community Council and Island Mountain Protectors on the project funded by an Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice grant. A nearby gold mine has caused water quality concerns on the reservation. The grant provides $275,000 over two years to develop analytical laboratory facilities, train students in monitoring methods, establish a local water quality data clearinghouse, and provide community education programs on water issues.