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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Reservation Ambassadors

Have you heard about Reservation Ambassadors, a club located at Arlee High School on the Flathead Reservation? 

From Anna Baldwin, one of the club's advisers: "Our mission is to build relationships and understanding about reservation life. We do this through school visits where we work in small groups with students to talk about texts in order to address misconceptions and stereotypes. If a school is too far to visit, we use skype. Last year we worked directly with 350 students and teachers in grades 5-12 across Montana and even in another state!"

From the Reservation Ambassadors webpage:  During the 2014-2015 school year, the Reservation Ambassadors visited (in person or via Skype) nine off-reservation schools, including one in Chicago, plus a group of teachers. We built relationships with nearly 350 individual students and talked about everything from the importance of music, to Indian relay, to the tribal constitution, to stereotypes and beyond."

I think Reservation Ambassadors is the coolest thing since sliced bread. Maybe even since before sliced bread. 

If you are interested in helping to break down stereotypes by making a connection with the Reservation Ambassadors, please contact Anna Baldwin at abaldwin@arleeschools.org".

Want to read more? Here's an article about the Reservation Ambassadors published last year in the Missoulian.

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