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First-of-its-kind tribal resource management program preps for its second year

The Salish Kootenai College is taking applications for the second year of a new resource management graduate program, the first of its kind in the country.

The Salish Kootenai College launched the program this fall that aims to train the next generation of fire, wildlife and forest managers in the Columbia River Basin in Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.

This is the first master’s program at the Pablo-based four-year school on the Flathead Indian Reservation. It’s also the first resource management graduate program housed at a tribal college in the U.S., according to the American Indian College Fund.

The Salish Kootenai College worked with the University of Idaho to develop the curriculum. In a news release, the school says it’s working to provide opportunities for faculty exchanges with the University of Idaho and the opportunity for Salish Kootenai students to do lab work at the university.

Applications for next fall’s program will be accepted through May 13.

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Aaron is Montana Public Radio's Flathead reporter.