Issksiniip Project meets needs of the Niitsitapi

Nov 6th, 2012 | By | Category: 24-2: The Future of the Tribal College Movement, Tribal College News
By Barbara Arrowtop

In 2010, Blackfeet Community College (BCC, Browning, MT) was awarded a $13 million grant over a five year period to facilitate and aid individuals on and off the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in gaining self-sufficiency through lucrative educational and internship opportunities.

This unique health grant uses a holistic approach intertwined with culturally appropriate training methods in health care fields that are in high demand. The Issksiniip Project is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Profession Opportunity Grants. The Issksiniip Project will develop strong community partnerships with key agencies with the goal of creating a skilled allied health workforce and new opportunities for unskilled workers.

The goal of the Issksiniip Project is to give 570 participants the opportunity to earn associate degrees or certification in programs such as allied health, human services, licensed nurse practitioners, certified nursing assistants, emergency medical technicians, community health representatives with an emphasis and specialty in diabetes care, health and physical fitness, and holistic health care. Extended courses are provided at our higher education partner sites to provide the participants with higher education degrees.

Over the course of the Issksiniip Project, eligible participants will receive scholarships that include supportive services for tuition, books and fees, supplies needed for the degree program (i.e., uniforms, specialty lab items), childcare, transportation, housing, tutoring, GED preparation, remedial services, social activities, counseling services in academics, placement, and retention, along with assistance in job placement.

To learn more about BCC’s Issksiniip Project, please contact Katelin Conway, Project Director at (406) 338-5441 Ext: 2030 or

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