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Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission
Education Committee Meeting
L&C Room, Matthews Hall, UM Western - Dillon
February 11, 2002
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Commission members in attendance: Hal Stearns, chair, Darrell Kipp, Tootie Rasmussen, Betty Stone and Germaine White. Staff included Clint Blackwood and Rita Cortright.

Education Committee members in attendance: Kristin Gallas, Carla Wambach, Steve Morehouse, Jonathan Matthews, Sharon Alexander, Jane Weber, David Purviance, Richard Hopkins and Margaret Gorski. Also attending: Kit Mather, Steve Kubick, Ken Lewis, Sally Thompson, UM, and Dave Walter, Montana Historical Society.

Mr. Stearns called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. Because this meeting immediately followed the Symposium sub-committee meeting with the same audience, Mr. Stearns did not call for introductions.

L&C Guide Training Program:

Ms. Weber was called on to review the Lewis & Clark Guide Training held at the Training Academy January 28 - Feb. 1. She reported that 223 people attended five days of guide training sponsored by the L&C Bicentennial Commission. She thanked Hal Stearns, Germaine White, and Carla Wambach for serving as presenters. She noted that Carla Wambach also participated in off-site training in Miles City. Ms. Weber reported that 18 students attended all five days of training. She reviewed the classes and presenters and reported that class size was limited to 40 and people had to be turned away. Ms. Weber distributed a flyer advertising a second offering of "Lewis and Clark in a Nutshell" to be held April 26, 2002, to accommodate those who were unable to attend the first session. She reviewed the list of Montana cities that attendees came from, as well as the states of Colorado, Idaho and Illinois. In conclusion, she said the workshop was very successful and said they should consider offering it again next year. Twenty-five guide applications have been received as a result of the workshop and have been distributed to the committee for screening. Mr. Blackwood reported that the deadline was February 8, and the Commission office was receiving inquiries as late as 4:00 p.m. that day. He explained that guides qualifying with the requested education and experience would be listed in the Resource Library on the Commission's web site. Ms. Wambach reported that her experience as a presenter was very positive, that presenters were appreciated and the participants were very enthusiastic. Ms. White reported that it was a good opportunity to meet face-to-face and share tribal history. She said this was a good start, but the challenge was in presenting 12,000 years of history in one hour. Ms. Weber credited Sue Buchel with organizing and structuring the classes. She reported that Ms. Buchel would summarize written evaluations and provide them to participants, in addition to Hal Stearns and Clint Blackwood. Ms. Stone said she thought the class was excellent, the participants were enthusiastic and left energized. She felt it would result in participants conducting further research on their own. Mr. Stearns reported that many copies of the video were sold, even though it was not shown due to lack of time. Mr. Hopkins said he felt that Ms. White's presentation was very positive and served to break the ice with the business community and would further their contact and inclusion of tribal people in the future. He said attendees were spell bound and he felt it was the best training session he has attended in a long time. Ms. White announced that she and Sue Buchel prepared and submitted a grant proposal that would provide for tribal tour guide training. Ms. Weber explained the intention was to provide training at various reservations statewide in an effort to minimize travel time and expenses and thereby increase availability and attendance. She said Ms. White had offered the Salish-Kootenai campus as a venue and they are pursing that plan. Mr. Hopkins expressed concern that information was not being widely disbursed on the reservations. Ms. White said it was their hope that MTTA would help in this regard.

2002 Commission Grant Program:

Mr. Blackwood explained that the grants scoring committee completed their review of the 44 applications received by the Commission and would present their funding recommendation for 13 projects at tomorrow's Commission meeting.

Mr. Kipp shared an observation that on the Blackfeet Reservation, interest is growing, not so much in the entire Expedition, but in specific incidents related to the Blackfeet.

Mr. Blackwood said the Education Committee, over the next month, should determine what their recommendation would be for Commission funding. He explained the difference between project grants and program grants. Program grants are those chose by the Commission to be a part of; there is no competition for the funding, it is determined by the Commission and allocated to a particular project. This year $5,000 was directed to Tour Guide Training; last year $5,000 was directed to the Symposium. Ms. Weber explained that the Interpretive Association was a partner in the Tour Guide Training and provided refreshments. Mr. Blackwood named the following Commissioners who serve on the Education Committee; Germaine White, Hal Stearns, Darrell Kipp, and Tootie Rasmussen and said he would work with them to determine their funding recommendations. Ms. Gallas made a motion that the Commission consider putting money into the Training Program and seek reproducing it at the Interpretive Center in Great Falls, and investigate the possibility of outreaching the program into various regions. Ms. Weber said the program at Miles City was made possible with assistance from BLM. Mr. Blackwood invited Ms. Weber to participate in the program grant discussion with Commissioners on the Education Committee. Ms. Thompson suggested structuring training within the framework of traditional territories. Mr. Stearns restated the proposal to contribute to the next phase of the Tour Guide Training and asked if everyone was comfortable with it. Hearing no opposition, he stated that the proposal was adopted. Mr. Stearns said this item would be brought up during the Commission meeting tomorrow. Mr. Stearns thanked Ms. Weber and Ms. Buchel for their efforts.

Supplement for Video:

Mr. Stearns explained that the video has been produced and distributed, and there was prior discussion on producing a printed supplement to accompany the video. Mr. Blackwood reported that Chandler Jackson had volunteered at the last meeting to take the lead on preparing a draft printed supplement; however, he was unable to attend this meeting. Mr. Blackwood said the video is very general to Lewis and Clark in Montana, and said it was the intention of the Education Committee that a printed supplement would be produced that was more geographically focused. As an example, he said if the video were shown in western Montana, information would be included pertinent to the Trail in that area. This could include a items such as a list of resources, contacts, etc. Mr. Blackwood offered to continue working with Mr. Jackson and report at the next meeting.

21st Century Project:

Mr. Blackwood explained that Mike Cavey, MSU Extension, had received a large grant that funded the 21s Century Project at schools in Glasgow and Fraser. Mr. Cavey reported on the tremendous success of this project during the last meeting. As a result, he was challenged to bring a proposal to the Committee on how this program could be replicated statewide. In Mr. Cavey's absence, Betty Stone was called on to report on the project. She explained that it involved an after school program that was very successful. It brought the Native American and non-Indian students together to share their cultures. One of the projects involved the production of a drum. She said it was very well received and supported in the communities and teachers received hands-on training in subjects such as hide tanning and blacksmithing.

Publicity for Resource Guide and Video:

Mr. Blackwood reported that the Montana Historical Society purchased and distributed 700 copies of the Resource Guide to school and public libraries statewide. He announced that the order form is on the Commission's web site and a list serve message had been sent out notifying people of the guide's availability. Information was also included in mailings and newsletters through the Office of Public Instruction. Mr. Blackwood suggested contacting Ms. Sachatello-Sawyer to request a report at the next Education Committee on her plans for updating the Resource Guide.

The video order form is also on the web site and a list serve message was sent out announcing the video's availability. Information was provided through MEA/MFT and OPI mailings to get word out to teachers. Mr. Blackwood projected video sales at 200-300, noting that Ms. Rowley had ordered 1,000 copies.

New Project Discussion:

Mr. Stearns called for discussion on new projects. The group determined not to undertake any new projects at this time. The meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

 

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