“The great hope for Indian Education is with the kindergartners starting this year,” Juneau said. “They're the ones who will get the full scope of Indian histories and tribal sovereignty issues. It will make us a very progressive state.”
At the Flathead Indian Reservation, history project director Julie Cajune had the benefit of a well-established printing shop at Salish Kootenai College. But to produce a collection of Salish women's songs and stories, she had to raise an additional $60,000 for recording and production costs.
[Jim] Shanley took a different approach to the project. His researchers delivered “The History of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation, Montana 1800-2000” on deadline, using the services of the Montana Historical Society Press in Helena.
Rather, they need a concerted effort to integrate Indians into the fabric of their daily lessons. An effort led by Indians themselves. As this project shows, that's eminently doable. All it takes is the will to succeed (and a little money).