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Montana Lewis and Clark Projects Get $861,500 in Fed Grants - 3/31/03

  • Montana Lewis and Clark Projects Get $861,500 in Fed Grants
    Projects across Montana have received $861,500 in federal grants to help the state prepare for the 200th Anniversary of the Corps of Discovery, Clint Blackwood, executive director of the Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission, said Monday.

    “The commission is extremely pleased with these grants that represent an increase of nearly $200,000 from what Montana received last year,” Blackwood said. “Sen. Conrad Burns, Sen. Max Baucus and Rep. Dennis Rehberg all deserve credit for helping these funds come to Montana.”

    The funds come from the Challenge Cost Share Program administered for Congress by the National Park Service, which this year totaled $4.7 million nationwide. The grants are competitive and must be matched dollar for dollar by local cash and in-kind contributions, Blackwood said.

    “We think that the fact that we received nearly a fifth of the total amount of grant funds nationwide shows how important and well organized Montana’s projects and events to commemorate the Bicentennial are,” Blackwood said.

    The funding program is expected to continue through the bicentennial, and Blackwood said the recent announcement that First Lady Laura Bush will be Honorary Chairwoman of the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial bodes well for federal support for state programs.

    In total, 34 projects and events in Montana received grants under this years cost share program, Blackwood said, including the state’s two National Signature Lewis and Clark events, “Explore! the Big Sky,” and “Clark on the Yellowstone.”

    Here are the projects and the total federal matching grant received for 2003:

    • Missouri Headwaters State Park Interpretive Specialist Staff, $25,000 – This is to enhance historical interpretive services by a one-on-one approach to help visitors find a sense of place and significance on their trip to the headwaters, which was a major goal of the expedition.

    • Lewis and Clark Interpretive Association, $3,000 – This statewide project provides hands-on programs for Montana students to ensure that the next generation not only develops a sense of importance about the expedition but will share their experience with others.

    • East Glacier Lewis and Clark Park, $30,000 – The Pikuni East Glacier Community Development Organization will construct a Lewis and Clark Visitor Park in the community located on the Blackfoot Reservation. It will include an extensive exhibit and show the impact on the tribe of the expedition.

    • Scholar in Residence, $2,000 – The Portage Route Chapter of the National Trial Heritage Foundation will hire a Jeffersonian scholar who will provide lectures at various communities across the state along the trail.

    • A Confluence of Cultures: Native Americans and the Expedition of Lewis and Clark, $30,000 – This three-day conference to be held at the University of Montana in Missoula will provide a forum for Native American voices to be heard regarding the impact of the expedition on Indian culture, values and lifestyle. It will develop a larger understanding of the expedition on all people.

    • Lewis and Clark Living History Interpreters Resource Guide and Training, $10,000 – This will provide research to fledgling living history interpreters along the trail, recruit new people into living history brigades and train them in proper equipment, military drill, historic dress and other standards. The Montana Lewis and Clark Honor Guard will help set standards along the entire trail.

    • Blackfeet Lewis and Clark Tourist/Visitor Center, $50,000 – Funds will help complete the center already under construction by the Blackfeet Tribe at the tribe’s bison overlook site along U.S. 2. The goal is to promote the bicentennial and provide a cultural facility for the tribe to tell its own story of the historic event and to greet visitors.

    • Explore! the Big Sky, $50,000 – This is one of Montana’s two National L & C Signature Events and will be from June 1 to July 4, 2005. A huge variety of commemorative events and entertaining programs will be held in the Great Falls area, which was one of the most dramatic sites along the route.

    • Convention of the National Council of the L & C Bicentennial, $25,000 – The national council will hold its national convention to collaborate with federal agencies, state coordinators, tribal representatives and other partners on the national planning efforts underway. It will be April 2003 in Great Falls.

    • Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Public Programs, $110,000 – The foundation has long stimulated public appreciation of the expedition’s contributions to American heritage. This grant will support 2003 programs including stewardship of land along the trial, dissemination of information to the public and media, research and scholarship, education and training for students and educators, library and archives programs and other important projects.

    • Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Gateway and Travel Corridor Orientation Kiosks in Montana, $20,000 – This is for Phase III of an ongoing project to design, fabricate and install L & C interpretive signage at strategic locations in Montana. Specifically the state Bicentennial Commission and the Montana Tourism and Recreation Initiative will team with the five Montana Regional Bicentennial Commissions to complete work on qualified signage projects.

    • Lewis and Clark at the Confluence, $9,000 – This is for an event to be held April 29 to May 1, 2005, at Fort Union and Fort Buford to commemorate the expedition reaching the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers. Many activities planned.

    • Clark Trail Interpretive Driving Tour Park County, $5,000 – This project commemorates the journey of Capt. Clark and crew along the Yellowstone River with six wayside interpretive signs developed for the eastern portion of Park County.

    • Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Annual Planning Conference in Lewistown, $5,000 – This is the main statewide planning conference held so the commission can help coordinate activities across the state with private and public sector partners.

    • Clark Trail at Pompeys Pillar, $75,000 – This will include site improvements and interpretive exhibits at Pompeys Pillar National Monument in coordination with construction of a new Interpretive Center there. It will help prepare for the crowds expected at the site during the bicentennial and into the future.

    • Native Homelands: Tribes along the Lewis and Clark Trail, $30,000 – this is to help prepare a 30-minute video to take viewers off interstate highways to visit and learn with the descendants of the people who were here to greet the expedition. The video will be used in many ways including in the Corps II “Tent of Many Voices” traveling exhibit to tour the nation.

    • Salish Language Revitalization Online, $20,000 – There are only about 80 Salish speakers left in the world. This will help preserve the language through and interactive website and other projects. The site will include “The Salish People and the Lewis and Clark Expedition” publication.

    • Fishes of Lewis and Clark Exhibit, $10,000 – This would help create a permanent exhibit to interpret the 11 species of fish discovered by the expedition and the 31 other known species also noted in the journals. Fish also provided an important food source for the expedition.

    • Fort Belknap Tribal L & C Projects, $30,000 – The Fort Belknap Tribal Council is developing projects to tell the story of the expedition among its people, build an interpretive camp, and developing cultural understanding among its people and others.

    • Fort Peck Tribes Lewis and Clark Projects, $20,000 – Projects include bicentennial events, river access along the trail on the reservation, and encampments along the trail for people to visit and learn from.

    • Following in the Footsteps: Before and After Lewis and Clark, $20,000 – To develop an interpretive exhibit and educational programs to focus on the Native American trail systems before, during, and after the expedition. It would be at Fort Missoula. Visitors will learn about modern and historical map making and usage and different navigational techniques.

    • Giant Springs State Park Interpretive Program, $25,000 – This will provide visitors a wide range of experiences to enhance bicentennial commemoration and into the future. It also will help prepare the area to be least disturbed by crowds of Lewis and Clark tourists.

    • Travelers’ Rest Interpretation and Education Program, $25,000 – This will help provide an interpretive specialist and a Native American Education coordinator to administer, develop and implement interpretive programs at Travelers’ Rest State Park near Missoula.
    • Sulfur Springs Trailhead Interpretive Facility Design, $15,000 – The Sulfur Springs Trailhead is the main access point for the Lewis and Clark Portage National Historic Landmark near Great Falls. This involves developing the historic Morony apartment building on the site into an interpretive center.

    • Lewis and Clark Speakers Bureau and Reading and Discussion Program, $10,000 – The Montana Committee for the Humanities will expand its Lewis and Clark Speakers bureau and Lewis and Clark Reading and Discussion series in 2003—2005 to meet the growing demands statewide.

    • The Blackfeet: Behind the Attack at Cut Bank River, $30,000 – This will portray the richness of the Blackfeet tradition and worldview behind the band of Piegans that attacked Meriwether Lewis and his party of three on the Cut Bank River. It involves new scholarship and interpretation and will be presented at the “Explore! the Big Sky” National Signature Event at Fort Benton and Great Falls in 2005.

    • The Military Profile of the Corps of Discovery II, $40,000 – This will provide support for an episode on the Discovering Lewis and Clark website that will examine the military dimensions of the Corps.

    • Phase 1 Signage/Site Development of the Reaching the Rockies Chapter, $20,000 – This is for signage, stewardship and storytelling along the 60-mile gap that includes sites like the sighting of the first Shoshone camp, Tower Rock and passing the Dearborn River.

    • Chippewa Cree Tourism Project, $30,000 – The Chippewa Cree Indian Tribe of Rocky Boy is one of two reservations in Montana that will host the Corps Discovery II traveling exhibit. This will help the tribe prepare as a host and to tell their story.

    • Lewis and Clark Missouri and Milk River Panoramic Exhibit Phase II, $19,000 – This will help fund the final phase of the Valley County Museum’s Lewis and Clark Exhibit. This includes a touch-screen kiosk to provide audio and video animation featuring the never before recorded oral history of the Assiniboine Tribe part of the story.

    • Clark on the Yellowstone, $25,000 – The Yellowstone County Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission and local volunteers will preserve the heritage of the expedition by staging a National signature Event, “Clark on the Yellowstone,” in July 2006.

    • Montana’s Lasting Oral Legacy, $10,000 – The Yellowstone County Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission is collecting oral histories to retell the Native American perspective in relationship to the expedition and western expansion. It is being collected and produced into 60 second, and two-minute theme formats to be aired on the Montana News Network and posted on the Internet and produced in CD format to be made available through the Montana Tribal Tourism Alliance traveling classroom, to Montana schools and local libraries.

    • First Nations Discover Lewis and Clark Phase II, $30,000 – This is for phase two of a four-phase project to gather and present perspectives on the encounter of the Indians and the expedition including oral traditions and other scholarship to be coordinated by the Going to the Sun Institute. It will be distributed nationwide.



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