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  • Lewis & Clark Commission Awards $155,000 in Local Grants - 06/13/01
    The Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission has awarded $155,000 in grants to 13 Lewis and Clark-related projects sponsored by local communities and non-profit groups across the state as part of Montana's efforts to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the famous expedition.

    Fifty applications, totaling in excess of $757,000, were received for grants by this year's deadline of April 13, Commission Executive Director Clint Blackwood said.

    Travel Montana's Infrastructure Investment Program contributed $50,000, which was matched for a second year in a row by the Montana Department of Transportation's contribution of $100,000.

    The Lewis & Clark Commission is funded from the state's lodging tax administered by Travel Montana, the tourism development and promotion division of the Montana Dept. of Commerce. These state lodging tax funds come with the requirement that the Commission and at least one other funding partner each provide $50,000 for 2001, Blackwood said.

    In January, the Commission provided just over $43,000 in organization and planning grants to assist Regional Bicentennial Commissions and Tribes across Montana with L&C Bicentennial planning efforts. The balance of the Commission's grants fund, almost $6,000, was included in this year's project grants, bringing the total grant program for 2001 to $200,000.

    Because this is a matching grants program, grantees are required to contribute $1 of in-kind labor and/or materials or cash to receive $2 in grant funds, Blackwood said.

    "Bicentennial committees and commissions are working hard to plan local projects and events, an effort strongly supported by the Commission through this grants program," said Darrell Kipp of Browning, the newly elected chairman of the Montana L&C Bicentennial Commission. Jack Lepley of Fort Benton was elected vice-chairman.

    Here are the locations, sponsors, projects and amounts granted for the 13 applications approved by the Commission:

    • Pablo with statewide impact - The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes will produce a richly illustrated, 30-page book that recounts how tribal members perceived the L&C Expedition, how elders of later generations came to understand it, and its ultimate meaning to the tribe. The grant was $7,000.

    • Blackfeet Indian Reservation - The Blackfeet Tribe plans the construction of a multi-functional Blackfeet Tribal Lewis & Clark Bicentennial/Tourist Visitor Center on Hwy. 2 between East Glacier and Browning on Hwy. 2 that will house an extensive exhibit presenting the Tribe's encounter with the Expedition on the Marias River. The grant was $15,000.

    • Lolo - The Montana Community Development Corporation and the Travelers' Rest Preservation and Heritage Association received a grant to provide services, signage and interpretation to visitors at the newly formed state park in Lolo. The grant was $20,000.

    • Northeastern Montana - The Mustang Foundation, Inc. and Malta School District 14A plan the implementation of cross-curricular L&C thematic units for grades K-12 in Daniels, Phillips, Valley, Roosevelt and Sheridan county schools. The grant was $10,995.

    • Billings Area - The Rochejhone Chapter of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation will research, create and maintain a series of traveling, educational, hands-on exhibits interpreting the experiences of Captain Clark's journey down the Yellowstone River. Also included is a docent training program for high school students to assist with bringing the exhibits to schools, nursing homes, libraries and service groups. The grant was $6,500.

    • Cut Bank - The Glacier County Historical Society will interpret the 1806 Marias Expedition through present day Glacier County through the creation of an indoor exhibit, a summer outdoor exhibit with crafts and cooking demonstrations, and a quality school program. The grant was $20,000.

    • Glacier & Pondera Counties - The Golden Triangle L&C Bicentennial Commission will oversee the design and construction of outdoor gazebos with windbreaks, located at the Lewis/Blackfeet Encounter site on the north bank of the Two Medicine River and at Camp Disappointment on the Blackfeet Reservation. These gazebos will house interpretive signs that are currently under production. The grant was $25,000.

    • Whitehall - Jefferson Valley Presents Inc. is constructing an amphitheatre and related facilities for the presentation of the play, "Journey of Discovery," a historically accurate account of the L&C Expedition and Sacagawea's contribution. This grant will fund construction of a dressing room and stage area. The grant was $6,000.

    • Billings Area - The Peter Yegen, Jr. Yellowstone County Museum Foundation plans the development of visual education aids on the Corps' 30-mile route along the Yellowstone River visible today from the museum. The grant will fund the production of education/informative brochures and an outside weatherproof map. The grant was $3,500.

    • Glasgow - The Valley County Pioneer Museum and Valley County Historical Society will purchase selected items from the Joshua Wetsit collection and prepare a Lewis & Clark exhibit within the Valley County Pioneer Museum. The Grant was $8,355.

    • Glendive - The Lower Yellowstone L&C Regional Committee will oversee the production of an interpretive sign depicting Clark's route along the entire Yellowstone River and a kiosk to provide detailed information on this route and Lewis' northern route, in addition to historic information on Native American encampments, cattle drives, railroad influences, geology, and community events. The grant was $20,000.

    • Browning with regional influence - The Blackfeet Community College will prepare five tribal college students to participate in three symposiums about the relationship of the tribe and the expedition. This will lay the foundation for an extended study of the expedition and the tribes it encountered, culminating in participation in regional and national historical and educational symposiums. The grant was $10,000.

    • Great Falls with statewide influence - The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Association will develop a traveling exhibit based on the Interpretive Center's 2000 exhibit, "Montanans Honor Lewis and Clark: Memorabilia from the Robert M. Weir, Jr. Collection," to include 20 historical photographs, introductory text, exhibit labels and an interpretive brochure. The grant was $2,650.



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