“Indian Country”: A Discussion About the Art of David Bradley and a Conversation About Conservation on the Blackfeet Reservation

The C.M. Russell Museum and the Nature Conservancy of Montana partner to bring a public conversation about land conservation on the Blackfeet Reservation to the C.M. Russell Museum. The evening will include an introduction by C.M. Russell Museum Curator, Emily Wilson, with brief opening remarks regarding the new fall exhibition Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley. Following an encore screening of 100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice, featured speaker, Dylan DeRosier, Blackfeet Reservation Land Protection Specialist for The Nature Conservancy in Montana, will lead a discussion on history, policy, and the future of conservation on the Blackfeet Reservation.
100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice is the inspiring documentary of Elouise Cobell, a Blackfeet woman from Montana, and the story of her 30-year fight for justice for 300,000 Native Americans whose mineral rich lands were grossly mismanaged by the United States Government. The film is directed by Melinda Janko and produced by Fire in the Belly Productions, Inc.

American Indian Literature (for use in grades K-8) Indian Education for All Online Book Club Course

April 2 – May 22, 2018
This course serves as an opportunity for participants to explore OPI developed instructional units based on literature sent to all Montana elementary and middle school libraries alongside additional primarily fiction texts for use in grades K-8. The course will be divided into three parts: literature for K-2, literature for 3-5, and literature for 6-8. Many resources are place-based, either focused on Montana tribes or created by Montana Indian authors. Participants will read texts, engage in discussions, complete instructional activities, and examine accurate and authentic Native American fiction and nonfiction texts. Ultimately, participants will select texts and instructional units for immediate integration of IEFA into their classrooms. This course is rigorous and requires the participant complete extensive reading and access a number of texts through their school or public library or purchase said materials from WM-PLC or booksellers.
Participants will:
1. Develop background knowledge of Indian Education for All (IEFA).
2. Read American Indian literature and explore the background and perspective of the authors.
3. Explore literature units developed by the Montana Office of Public Instruction, and examine ways to integrate them into their classroom setting.
4. Explore several instructional strategies to use with the anchor texts.
5. Discuss with colleagues ideas for implementing the Essential Understandings
Regarding Montana Indians and IEFA literature across grade levels and content areas.
6. Create a final project which integrates the materials and concepts covered.

Instructor: Erin Lipkind (erinlipkind@gmail.com)

Registration fee: $175

Credit: 30 OPI Renewal Units or 2 Semester Credits (semester credit is offered through the University of Montana and is an additional fee of $155. The course instructor will provide a separate registration form and instructions for submitting payment).

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