Soviets, Japanese Visit Salish Kootenai CollegeMay 15th, 1989 | By tcj | Category: 1-1: From the Past, the Future, Tribal College News
Delegations from the Soviet Union and Japan were hosted by Salish Kootenai College this spring.
In March, twelve Soviet journalists met with college officials to discuss Native American culture. According to an account in the Ronan Pioneer/Mission Valley News, the group was impressed by the relative prosperity of the reservation but wondered how tribal members could be part of the dominant society and still retain their Indian culture.
History Professor Ron Theriault reassured them that this is possible. “I served in the Army for 20 years and I’ve retained my Indian identity,” he said.
In April, a delegation of Japanese businessmen and government officials met with college President Joseph McDonald. Among the issues discussed was the possibility of joint business ventures with the reservations.
“Japanese business is expanding greatly all over the United States,” said Uichi Noda, president of the Japan Real Estate Federation. “In the future, there must be joint ventures between Indian people and the Japanese.”