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Meeting Host

Our January 2021 Semi-Annual Convening host is Aaniiih Nakoda College.  The Aaniiih Nakoda College project is titled niinénnh nnááákich ééíh (“White Clay People speaking White Clay language together”): This project serves residents of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Located in north-central Montana, the reservation is the home of the Aaniinen (White Clay People or Gros Ventre) and Nakoda (Assiniboine) tribes. The two tribes are joined together as the Fort Belknap Indian Community, which was organized in 1934 under the Indian Reorganization Act. The Aaniinen and Nakoda are two distinct tribes, each with its own unique language. This project focuses on the revitalization and maintenance of the Aaniiih (White Clay) language.  As virtual hosts of this event, Aaniiih Nakoda College project staff and participants will lead our cultural mindfulness activities with Aaniiih cultural teachings, share with us their project experiences, in addition to sharing with us parts of their community, culture, and more.