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Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission
Education Committee Meeting
Billings Hotel & Convention Center, Billings, Montana
October 10, 2001
Commission members in attendance were: Hal Stearns, chair, Darrell Martin and Darrell Kipp. Staff included Clint Blackwood and Rita Cortright.
Education Committee members in attendance were Kristin Gallas, Chandler Jackson, Carla Wambach, Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer, Mike Cavey, Steve Morehouse, Jonathan Matthews, Jane Weber, David Purviance, Richard Hopkins and Margaret Gorski. Also attending were: Sally Thompson, University of Montana, Dave Walter, Montana Historical Society, Sara Groves, Montana History Foundation and Elias and Kathy Goes Ahead, MTTA members.
Mr. Stearns called the meeting to order at 10:30 a.m., welcomed everyone and invited attendees to introduce themselves. He reviewed the recent changes in membership on the Commission, noting that Marilyn Ryan's term expired and her replacement on the Education Committee would be discussed during the Commission meeting. He spoke on the benefits of life-long learning opportunities, and the lasting legacies that would result from the Bicentennial. Mr. Stearns noted the growing interest along the Trail, and the great educational opportunities that would result for young people to study our history, diversity and cultures.
Lewis & Clark: Montana's Story
Mr. Blackwood spoke on behalf of Jeri Mae Rowley, SUPERHOST!, Flathead Valley Community College. He announced that Ms. Rowley had just placed an order for 1,000 videos that will sell for $10 each. Prior to this step she had to gain approval from Stephen Ambrose as his interview is on the tape and his contract restricted the sale of the videos from retail stores. Mr. Blackwood said purchase information would be available on the Commission's website, and SUPERHOST! information would also be included with the video orders. The video cover is being slightly redesigned and will be a cardboard cover that is less expensive than the plastic type. He said the second phase of this project would address the development of printed support literature to accompany the video. Mr. Blackwood said that window tape footage is available for other uses, and could be obtained through the Commission's office. Ms. Gorski asked if the short version would be aired on PBS and Mr. Purviance offered to contact William Marcus, KUFM, and provide him with a copy of the video.
Mr. Stearns asked for comments or ideas on a stand-alone product or mini-curriculum. Ms. Wambach suggested a study guide. Mr. Martin asked if it was permissible to show the video during school presentations. Mr. Blackwood said he was considering the development of a publicity packet for Commissioners that would contain the video. Ms. Gallas suggested utilizing the 6 Tourism Regions for sites, attractions, museums, driving information, routes, websites, and map distribution locations. The support literature would then be functional for the video and could also be utilized as a stand-alone piece. Mr. Jackson suggested distributing the video and packets for all 6 regions to libraries. Mr. Blackwood asked for suggestions of who could take on the project, and it was suggested that one person should be responsible for producing all 6 accompanying pieces to insure a standard message and format. Ms. Gallas said this might eliminate the need for a study guide. Mr. Chandler suggested including a bibliography. Mr. Martin suggested contacting Travel Montana and Mr. Blackwood and Mr. Stearns agreed to visit with their staff. It was also noted that Jeri Mae Rowley might already have some plans in mind. Ms. Gallas suggested the piece could serve as an insert for next year's Travel Guide.
Confluence of Cultures Symposium
Jonathan Matthews reported on their morning's meeting, where much of the time was spend discussing the hiring of a symposium coordinator. Mr. Matthews, Mr. Purviance and Ms. Weber are in the process of conducting interviews and checking references for three candidates. He said one of the candidates would be attending the Fall Conference tomorrow. Mr. Matthews said they hope to reach a hiring decision by Friday, and the successful candidate might relocate to Missoula, and be under the supervision of David Purviance. It is their hope that the candidate would be able to visit with Mr. Kipp prior to the National Indian Education Association meeting in Billings, October 29-31, and also attend that conference. Mr. Kipp will distribute a flyer on the Symposium, noting that 5,000 attendees are expected.
Mr. Kipp provided background information on the Symposium, saying that the original idea emanated from the Commission's Education Committee. He explained that it was designed to encourage Native American students at Tribal Colleges to participate and present scholarly work based from their own perspectives and experiences, something that would reflect both the Tribal viewpoint and their own. He recognized the partnership with the University of Montana, and said plans were moving along quite well. The event is planned for May 28-31, 2003, on the University of Missoula Campus, Missoula, Montana. Mr. Blackwood added that the Symposium would not be exclusively Native American. Mr. Kipp agreed, saying the intent was to draw people from the outside with other disciplines, resulting in a non-standard Lewis & Clark history conference. Mr. Jackson said the reason for the emphasis on Native Americans was because that history has not been created and studied yet, and lead time for the Native American scholarship was necessary, where as the other side of the story was well documented. Ms. Weber reported that $20,000 had been secured, with the potential of $5,000 or $10,000 more coming by spring. The coordinator position is being housed under David Purviance at UM, and agreements have been made between the Commission, the Forest Service and UM. She noted that a grant would be submitted to the NPS Challenge Cost Share program. Mr. Kipp extended a call for financial support from organizations interested in sponsoring the event. Mr. Blackwood explained that there were two separate funding needs; 1) ongoing funding for the coordinator, and 2) expenses related to the actual Symposium event. In closing, Mr. Stearns said this would be an opportunity for Montana to step forward and add something special to the Commemoration.
Ms. Gorski asked about the Penn State symposium, and David Purviance produced a flyer announcing the "Council of People," scheduled for November 2002.
Lewis & Clark Educator's Resource Directory
Bonnie Sachatello-Saywer displayed and distributed copies of the resource directory and thanked those involved in reviewing the criteria. She said the project was funded by a $25,000 grant from the Commission's 2000 Grants Program. Matching funds were provided by The Watercourse and a half-time employee, Teresa Cohn, was hired to compile the information. The first run printing of 3,000 copies would be distributed free of charge. Complimentary copies were provided to Fall Conference attendees, and she announced plans to also distribute the guide to teachers at MEA next week. Future copies can be purchased for $10.00, which will fund updating and reprinting of the Guide. Ms. Sachatello-Sawyer welcomed corrections or additions to the guide, noting that it would be updated annually. She said they might consider adding new categories for future issues. One of the criteria for including materials in the guide was that they must be in print. This fall, she plans to load much of the background information on The Watercourse's website and link it to the Commission's site. On-line ordering might also be made available. Mr. Stearns complimented Ms. Sachatello-Saywer on the Directory, and said it could serve as a national model.
Lewis & Clark Guide Training
Jane Weber provided a 2-page handout announcing the Lewis and Clark Guide Website Resource List application and Training Opportunity. She explained that Mr. Blackwood had requested Sue Buchel and herself to consider the possibility of providing guide training through the Lewis & Clark Training Academy. As a result, they developed the Announcement and Guide Application Form. She reviewed the five areas in which applicants must demonstrate at least a minimum level of experience and knowledge: 1) Lewis and Clark's Journey Through Montana; 2) Lewis and Clark as Montana Naturalists; 3) Montana Indian History and Culture; 4) Public Speaking, Storytelling, Interpretive Techniques, and 5) Visitor Service and Tour Services. The deadline to be considered for listing on the Commission's resource list for the summer season 2002 is the close of business February 8, 2002. Those interested in serving as local guides, but lacking current skills in one or more subject area, can attend one or more one-day "Guide Workshops," offered January 28 - February 1 at the Interpretive Center as part of the L&C Bicentennial Training Academy. She said they hope to make the program available on an ongoing basis. Ms. Weber stressed that the Interpretive Center would not be profiting from the workshop fees. She invited interested parties to contact the Center or the Commission's office. The forms would also be made available on the Commission's web site. She said Sue Buchel would be attending the Conference tomorrow and would provide copies of the courses being offered through the Training Academy for 2002 at the Forest Service display booth.
Mr. Blackwood said he could envision Travel Montana staff going to a National Tour Association or American Bus Association meeting this fall and pitching this resource to tour companies who are looking to put L&C trips together.
Ms. Gorski announced that the Forest Service and BLM were cooperating on the development of a 1-stop shop special use permit for tour operators who plan to visit National Forest and BLM sites. As part of that process, they would reference the L&C Guide Website Resource List and Application, in an effort to help maintain high standards for tour operators. Mr. Blackwood cited a recent experience related to him by one of the Trail Heritage Chapters who took a group to Flathead Pass as a fundraising event. They were notified by the Forest Ranger that an outfitter/guide permit was required. He raised this subject in an effort to make others aware of the permitting requirement. Ms. Weber said as soon as an event becomes a commercial venture, the permits are required. Mr. Martin added that tour operators must also obtain permission to cross reservation lands. Ms. Gorski suggested this might be an appropriate subject for discussion at an MTRI meeting. Mr. Goes Ahead said people come to reservations and want to obtain Native stories for free. Ms. Gorski said tour operators need to familiarize themselves with land ownership boundaries. Mr. Jackson asked who would be responsible for screening the applications and Ms. Weber said that had not been firmed up yet.
21st Century Learning Grant
Mike Cavey reported on the teacher training camp held in August for teachers who planned to teach in the 21st Century after school program. He reported that 10 subject areas were offered, covering clothing, hides, science, forging, games, ceremonies, plants, foods, journaling and sign language. Each of the 19 teachers was required to attend and go through each activity, as the main goal was "hands on" learning. Mr. Cavey said they hoped for 10 classroom sessions of 20 students each over the first year. He said currently students were signed up for 19 sessions with two sessions completed that were filled to capacity. One was a clothing class for K-3 students at Frazer; the second was on games and recreation for 7th grade students at Glasgow. In the area of cultural exchange, he reported that Frazer School invited the Glasgow students to their Native American Day and one of the groups at Frazer had made outfits and got to wear them. Dancers from Frazer were invited to Glasgow and taught students there how to make a bracelet. He reported that Jack Gladstone was in the area and would be performing for a combined audience from the two schools. Mr. Cavey recognized four parents who donated 20 hours of time to work with the students after school. He said both schools held an assembly attended by the students, the parents who taught, and a member of the L&C Honor Guard. Mr. Blackwood asked how the Education Committee might participate, and Mr. Cavey responded that the 3-year program is currently funded. Mr. Stearns suggested shooting some video of the activities and making it available to other areas as an example of a potential project. Ms. Weber asked what the annual grant amount totaled, and Mr. Cavey said it was about $280,000 per year and covers the cost of the camp, curriculum, staffing and supplies. He said a curriculum guide resulted from the project. Mr. Blackwood asked the Committee to consider how to take this idea and move it forward with a L&C focus for other schools and teachers and bring ideas to the February meeting which was set for February 11, 2002 in Dillon.
Mr. Blackwood adjourned the meeting at 12 noon.
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