MSU college assists reservation students

Computer help is now available at the newly merged Reference / IT Desk in Renne Library. Photo by Emma Nielsen

The College of Education, Health and Human Development donated school supplies yesterday to Montana’s Northern Cheyenne Reservation for the second year in a row.

Strong supporters of the Indian Education for All legislation, Holly Hunt and Jioanna Carjuzaa, are working to support Montana’s native tribes. “I remember last summer, sitting in my garage, talking to Jioanna, wondering what I could do to help out these tribes,” Hunt said.

The Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana was struck with a flood last summer in the aftermath of a severe spring melt. Hunt and Carjuzaa knew they had to do something. “The goal of the department of education is enriching human well-being,” Hunt said.

When wildfires burned 206,000 acres of the 444,000-acre reservation this past summer, Hunt and Carjuzaa took action. With a grant from the Office of the Provost and donations from both the Education and the Health and Human Development departments, they were able to help those in need on the reservation again.

Yesterday, Hunt traveled to the reservation with Bill Yellowtail, a Native American advocate on campus, to deliver much-needed supplies to the reservation. The Northern Cheyenne is the second most impoverished tribe in the nation.

Three schools on the tribe were given supplies ranging from backpacks to notebooks and #2 pencils.