Shields Receives Honorary DoctorateNov 15th, 2009 | By tcj | Category: 21-2: K-12 Education, Winter 2009, Tribal College News
Caleb Shields (Sioux) received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the May 2009 graduation ceremonies at the University of Montana. Shields has worked at Fort Peck Community College (Poplar, MT) for many years. From 2005 through 2008, he led a task force at the tribal college that compiled a college textbook, The History of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana, 1800-2000. Historians say the 500page book is an invaluable, comprehensive history of both written and oral accounts of the Assiniboine and Sioux in Montana. Chairman of the Fort Peck Tribes from 1991 to 1997, he was widely regarded as one of the most influential tribal government leaders in the United States, according to The Missoulian newspaper. Shields, 71, now works part-time for the tribal college as a grant coordinator. He was nominated for the university’s highest honor by Kate Shanley, a professor of Native American studies and special assistant to the provost for Native American and Indigenous education.