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The 2010 Tribal Fellows Institute was a summer workshop for Tribal college and high school environmental science faculty. The 2010 Tribal Fellows Institute was held August 2-6, 2010 at Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Pablo, Montana.

Topics of study included Water Management and Pollution Prevention. For detailed information, download the 2010 Tribal College Fellows Institute brochure.

Attendees were chosen through a competitive application process. Selection criteria were outlined in the 2010 Tribal College Fellows Institute Solicitation letter.

Chosen applicants focused on the following instructional outcomes:

Outcome 1: Increased knowledge of water management and pollution prevention, with a focus on first-hand field and laboratory learning.

Outcome 2: Development and implementation of a personal action plan for dissemination of workshop outcomes and use in academic programs.

The Water Management and Pollution Prevention theme allowed participants the opportunity to visit several area bodies of water, a highway environmental mitigation project, the Jock River Reconstruction project, and a hydro-electric dam. The Fellows were exposed to a variety of other environmentally-relevant case studies for incorporation into their teaching as well, including a hike with native plant expert Pat Hurley and Tim Ryan, a member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation who is dedicated to teaching and preserving his Tribe’s ancestral way of life. Fellows also received training in and a copy of Montana State University’s Water Quality Teaching Package, courtesy of Adam Sigler, MSU Water Quality Associate Specialist.

Fellows were required to develop and implement a lesson plan/curriculum/SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) in response to the material they learned during the institute, and they were eligible to apply for mini-grants to help implement their initiatives. Please see below for the reports based on these lesson plans:

For more information or to acquire contact information for one of the Fellows, please contact Kirk Laflin at

To view photos from the week, please click here.