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    Teachers, homeschoolers, book club leaders, senior and community center program coordinators and anyone else hot on the trail of Lewis and Clark in Montana can follow a new guide to find the best educational resources available to complete their mission of discovery.

    More than 600 copies of the Lewis and Clark Educator’s Resource Guide have been sent to school and public libraries across the state.

    “We have consulted with Lewis and Clark experts about the best resources including books for elementary and secondary students, curriculum guides, available hands-on teaching trunks, videos, and websites,” Clint Blackwood, executive director of the Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, said.

    The resources are ranked using a four star rating system for accuracy, multi-cultural perspective, instruction viability, usability, and student appeal. They are cross-referenced and arranged for easy use.

    The project was realized through the efforts of several groups including Qwest of Montana, which provided the printing of the guide, Native Waters, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and the Missouri River Basin Interagency Roundtable.

    “The Lewis and Clark Bicentennial recalls one of the most exciting adventures in the history of this country and provides almost limitless excellent educational opportunities. It’s an honor to be engaged in such a professional and worthwhile project,” Qwest Montana President Rick Hays said.

    The project was coordinated by Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer of the Native Waters Native American education project.

    “This was an epic event in American history and a water journey,” Sachatello-Sawyer said. “We hope that this resource guide benefits educators, librarians and anyone interested in learning more about the Lewis and Clark expedition.”

    If your local or school library hasn’t received its free copy, or needs more of them, contact Sachatello-Sawyer at 406-994-5392. Others interested in obtaining a copy can order one at the same number for $10 that includes shipping and handling, she said.

    Another bicentennial resource that libraries and other groups might want to consider, Blackwood said, is a 22-minute video produced by the Travel Montana Superhost! Program entitled “Lewis and Clark: Montana’s Story,” that used interviews with Native American and other historians including Stephen Ambrose. It is available for $19.95 and can be ordered by calling 406-756-3674.



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