This project will use broadband digital network technologies to actively engage all members of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and members of other Plateau Indian tribes in eastern Washington in preserving and sustaining their shared tribal culture, history, and language. To accomplish this, the project will establish a network of 9 Tribal Technology Access Centers (TACs) in tribal offices, tribal centers, public schools, and other learning environments in the Spokane area and on the Kalispel Reservation. Each TAC will provide users access to networked high-speed computers, video and audio digital recording equipment, two-way video communication, and high-speed Internet. To support this effort, the project will establish and provide participants access to web-based environments for documenting and archiving tribal culture, history, and language. In addition, it will develop and conduct collaborative training programs to provide participants the knowledge and technical skills to effectively employ the technologies available at the tribal TACs.
Through this project, the Camas Institute of the Kalispel Tribe will establish an Intercollegiate Center on Native Studies to promote greater understanding of the shared tribal history, culture, and language of the Kalispel and other Plateau Indians among both Indians and non-Indians. The Center will create a web-based framework that enables educators to create curriculum grounded in the information of tribal culture, history, and language created through this project. The Center will conduct dissemination and training activities to actively engage educators in public, elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, and other informal education sites in the use of the curriculum design frameworks.
This project represents a collaborative partnership involving the Kalispel Tribe, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane, the Spokane School District (District 81), the Cusick School District, Intec, Tech for Learning, Class 101, the Spokane Urban Indian Center, and the Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations.