Grant from the Northwest Area Foundation to help develop leadership in reservation communities

Three small Flathead Reservation communities will work to develop community leadership aided by a Northwest Area Foundation grant to Salish Kootenai College.

By John Stromnes in the Missoulian

“Studies show that small communities, even if they are distant from larger population centers, can thrive if they have a strong leadership system,” explained Northwest Area Foundation President Karl Stauber, who made the grant announcement in a press release. “Our aim is to help rural communities strengthen their systems in order to reduce poverty for the long term.”

The college will share $1.3 million with Sitting Bull College and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

For information on the program in specific communities, contact Mike Dolson, Hot Springs, at (406) 675-4800 or and ; Louis Caye Jr., Elmo Community, (406) 849-5968 or ; and Charlene Petet, Arlee Community, (406) 726-3250 or .

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