Tour Description

Journey to the Flathead Indian Reservation and the majestic Mission Mountains to explore the intersection of traditional culture and natural resource management. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are at the forefront of asserting sovereignty rights over natural resources. Along the People's Highway (aka US 93), check out the ecologically friendly features, including a dramatic wildlife overpass and underpasses that protect extensive wildlife corridors. Stop at the National Bison Range to learn about disagreements over how much authority the tribes should have in managing bison. A swing through the Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge may yield sightings of migrating waterfowl, including reintroduced trumpeter swans. Other topics may include water rights negotiations, Flathead Lake and native fire management. Depart at 7:30 a.m., lunch included, $30 fee; Drive time — 3.5 hours. Register Now

Links to Additional Background Info & Related Articles

Obama administration reverses Bush policy on bull trout habitat

Related Article: Rescuing Science from Politics

Missoula Independent article on history of controversy in bull trout ESA designation, 02/11/10

A blog post and story on restoration of the Jocko River, 05/05/10

Missoulian story on wildlife crossings, 10/03/10

Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge overview

Trumpeter Swan Society re: Rocky Mtn Population

The Greater Yellowstone Trumpeter Swan Working Group

Case Brief: National Bison Range, 2007-2008

PEER’s press release on bison range ruling, 09/28/10

Missoulian story on ruling on National Bison Range, 09/29/10

Missoulian story on recent roundup at the Bison Range, 10/04/10

Fire on the Land — An interactive treatment of how early Americans used fire

A profile of Julie Cajune, Salish educator who created curricula for Montana’s Indian Education for All initiative, which directs all K-12 schools in Montana to include Indian history in their coursework. Includes brief coverage of Salish-Kootenai tribal history and culture and the Salish immersion school on the reservation