2009 Tribal Fellows Institute

National PETE coordinated the 2009 Tribal Environmental Fellows Institute, held at Sitting Bull College, located on the Standing Rock Reservation in Fort Yates, North Dakota. This Institute was offered as part of National PETE’s “A national Collaboration to Strengthen the Advanced Environmental Technology Education Programs at Tribal Colleges” NSF ATE project (an ATEEC-National PETE joint project).

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Fifteen Tribal College and high school faculty attended the week-long event. The water quality theme enabled participants the opportunity to visit several area water sources and to learn how to test for a variety of potential contaminants and properties of interest. The Fellows were exposed to a variety of testing procedures at Sitting Bull’s noteworthy water laboratory, which served as a terrific location for the Institute. The Fellows also heard from local, regional and national speakers who addressed water regulations, Tribal water rights, Tribal water quality protection, a Tribal water quality curriculum, and the ATEEC Best Management Practices manual.

Click here for more information about the speakers at the 2009 Tribal Fellows Institute.

Fellows were required to develop and implement a lesson plan/curriculum/SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) in response to the material they learned during the Institute, and they were eligible to apply for mini-grants to help implement their initiatives.

For more information or to acquire contact information for one of the Fellows, please contact Kirk Laflin at sgrosse@maine.rr.com.


Dunseith High School   Sinte Gleska University
Fort Berthold Community College   Sitting Bull College
Leech Lake Tribal College   Turtle Mountain Community College
Menominee Indian High School   United Tribes Technical College (1)
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College   United Tribes Technical College (2)
Salish Kootenai College    

To view photos from the week, please click here.