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Aaniiih Nakoda College – Aaniiih (White Clay)

Aaniiih Nakoda College is located on the Ft. Belknap Indian Reservation in Harlem, Montana. The mission of the college is based on a commitment to maintaining and revitalizing indigenous lifeways for Native students; enrollment is open to everyone who cares to attend. The Fort Belknap Indian Reservation is shared by two tribes: the Aaniiih (the White Clay People or the Gros Ventre) and the Nakoda (Assiniboine). The current enrollment of the two tribes is just under 3,000 individuals.

Language Project

niinénnh nnááákich ééíh (“White Clay People speaking White Clay language together”): This project will serve 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 will focus on the revitalization and maintenance of the Aaniiih (White Clay) language.