We Operate on Indigenous Land
Ravenwood acknowledges with gratitude that we operate on the homelands of the Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’Oreille people in what is now called the Flathead Valley of Montana. From the 1700’s through the present, these Indigenous people have resisted and persevered over colonialism and genocide. Today non-Indigenous Montanans now occupy much of the Indigenous homeland, including the land that Ravenwood uses for our nature connection programs. Ravenwood acknowledges that we benefit from these historic injustices, and seeks to spread awareness of the cultural practices and epistemologies of Montana’s first peoples through this land acknowledgment.
Here are some more educational resources to connect with Indigenous people in and near the Flathead Valley:
Indigikitchen offers both online and in-person lessons in Native American plants, cooking, and nutrition, and was founded by Mariah Gladstone. According to their website, “Mariah has been recognized as a ‘Champion for Change’ through the Center for Native American Youth, a ‘Culture of Health Leader’ through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Grist 50 ‘Fixer.’” Indigikitchen offers cooking classes and demonstrations, school residencies, and educational lectures.
Blackfeet Heritage Center and Art Gallery in Browning, MT is a gallery operated by the Blackfeet Nation’s Siyeh corporation, featuring a variety of art media including paintings, sculpture, and traditional crafts.
Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning, MT is a gallery operated by the US Department of the Interior featuring arts, crafts, and culture of Blackfeet, Crow, Northern Cheyenne, Sioux, Assiniboine, Arapaho, Shoshone, Nez Perce, Flathead, Chippewa, and Cree peoples.
The People’s Center in Pablo, MT is a cultural center for the Confederated Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai nations. They offer trunks of hands-on educational materials, as well as educational programs focusing on traditional games and crafting. They may also be able to connect teachers with additional educational resources. 406-675-0160
Salish Kootenai College, also in Pablo, MT offers traditional language classes and other resources. 406-275-4800
The Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana in Charlo, MT offers numerous beautifully-curated exhibits pertinent to the history of local Indigenous people.
The Montana Office of Public Instruction has a well-organized website dedicated to Indian Education for All curriculum and has an astounding number of resources. Their video collection is helpful, as is their Featured Resources page.