Professional learning tour led by Native Americans takes teachers to Montana, N.D.


The National Endowment for the Humanities is underwriting a professional learning opportunity June 30-July 21 in which teachers can participate in two seminars and a two-week bus tour through Montana and North Dakota.

“Discovering Native Histories Along the Lewis and Clark Trail” will involve an immersive educational journey from Billings, Mont., to Bismarck, N.D., that will take the group through Indian reservations, state and national parks and landmarks, sacred rock formations, a battlefield, tribal colleges and a powwow. There will be short seminars both before and after the trip.

The institute, which will primarily be taught by Native American elders and educators, aims to have a collaboration between indigenous and non-native teachers, who will collaborate to create new lessons that bring greater balance to the shared history of the coming of Euro-Americans into the Plains and the impact on American Indian communities from indigenous perspectives.

The application deadline is March 1. Selected applicants will receive a $2,700 stipend to cover travel expenses. Visit the University of Oregon’s website for more information.