Blackfeet College Holds 17th Annual Celebration

Aug 15th, 2009 | By | Category: 21-1: Celebrating Tribal College Journal's 20th Anniversary, Tribal College News

Blackfeet Community College (BCC) held its 17th Annual Days of the Blackfeet community event April 20 through April 25, 2009.

Daily activities included historical and contemporary Blackfeet workshops, community presentations, student presentations, K-12 activities, community feeds, an art show, film festival, and a non-traditional career fair.

BCC kicked off the week by announcing plans for a new, “green” math and science building, which might be LEED certified. Blackfeet tribal elders dedicated the site. A workshop for the general public explained the importance of planning for future development and construction that is energy efficient, while reducing environmental impact. Also provided were alternative energy workshops paid for in part by a grant from the Montana Department of Commerce in conjunction with the Montana Department of Labor.

At the celebration, a panel addressed Blackfeet rights in Glacier National Park. Marking the 100th anniversary of the national park, BCC students reenacted the 1896 Glacier Park negotiations based on their research.

Other researchers unveiled the Bear River Massacre website. Participants also learned about land issues, water rights, and treaty rights. The Days of the Blackfeet closed with a powwow.

This information was compiled from an article by Helen J. Augare published in the Glacier Reporter. For information on BCC, visit http://www.bfcc.org, or call (406) 338-5441.

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