Written by The Herald-News
The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently announced more than $25,000,000 in grants to museums across the nation. Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes is among the 231 archives and museums receiving federal funding through the agency’s competitive grant programs.
Fort Peck Tribes is receiving $25,685 through the Native American Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program for a project to provide archival training and create a tribal archiving manual and policies for tribal employees.
IMLS director Susan Hildreth presented a workshop and ceremony on Capitol Hill Sept. 18 to recognize the 2013 museum winners and to highlight successful applicants and awards. The event showcased the many ways museums support learning experiences, serve as community anchors and are stewards of cultural and scientific heritage through the preservation of their collections.
“IMLS recognizes three valuable roles museums have in their communities: putting the learner at the center, serving as community anchors, and serving as stewards of cultural and scientific collections,” said Hildreth. “It is exciting to see the many ways our newly announced grants further these important museum roles. I congratulate the slate of 2013 museum grant recipients for planning projects that advance innovation in museum practice, lifelong learning, and community engagement.”
This project will provide training in records retention and archives management policies and procedures for Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes employees, community college staff and students, community organizations and others interested in learning about handling and storing archival materials.
The project will create a processing manual for referral and future training. As a result of the project, employees and college and community organization officers will learn how to identify what records should be kept and how to process and care for them. The project will result in an archival policies and procedures document to be adopted by the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, an archival processing manual and a cohort of individuals trained to process documents, photographs, audiotapes and videotapes.
“Fort Peck Tribes has a wealth of archival materials waiting to be processed into the new archival wing at the Fort Peck Community College library,” said project director Shawn Olson. “What we are missing is people trained in archival processing and management. This project was developed to meet that need. The other piece of the grant is to train tribal employees and community organization members as to what records should be kept and how to catalog them. This project is an important step in building a sustainable archives program that will provide protection of important documents for the tribe.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:31
Written by Al Stover
It’s that time of the year as Wolf Point High School students get ready for the school’s annual Homecoming and Native American Week put on by Student Council and the Indian Club.
There will be several activities for students to be involved in throughout the week.
For this year’s Native American Week, there will be a tipi- raising on Monday, a student and parent activity on Tuesday, speakers and presentations on Wednesday and a pow-wow and parade on Thursday.
For this year’s homecoming parade, students will create floats based on songs and decorate the walls in a retro theme. The Homecoming and Native American Week Parade will take place on Friday at noon.
In addition to dressing up parade floats and the walls of the hallway, students will get the opportunity to dress up to a specific theme each day to earn spirit points. The class with the most points will receive early lunch dismissal for a week.
Students will vote for homecoming royalty on Wednesday during lunch. The king and queen will be announced the next day at the bonfire, following the volleyball game against the Lustre Lady Lions.
Homecoming week also features several sporting events. Wolf Point students and fans are invited to participate in a dodge ball tournament, in the Wolves’ Den, Monday night, starting at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the varsity volleyball game on Thursday, the Lady Wolves will take on the Poplar Lady Indians on Friday at 2 p.m. and the Harlem Lady Wildcats on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Wolves’ varsity football team will also be playing on Friday night as they take on the Roundup Panthers at 7 p.m.
Following the football game will be the Homecoming dance from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Homecoming And Native American Week Event Schedule
Sept. 23: Tipi-raising
Sept. 24: Wolves’ fans and students invited to dodge ball, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the gym; student and parent activity.
Sept. 25: Vote for Homecoming king and queen during lunch; speakers and presentations
Sept. 26: Students decorate floats and walls; pow-wow from 1 to 3 p.m.; volleyball vs. Lustre at 4 p.m.; bonfire where Homecoming king and queen will be announced.
Sept. 27: Parade at noon (line up at 11:30 a.m. in the bus loop); volleyball vs. Poplar at 2 p.m.; football vs. Roundup at 7 p.m.; Homecoming Dance 9 p.m. to midnight
Sept. 28: Volleyball vs. Harlem at 1 p.m.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 21:22
Written by Al Stover
The Wolf Point City Council awarded the primary architect review contract to Stefan Associates at the city council meeting, Sept. 19.
City clerk and treasurer Marlene Mahlum said the company’s bid was not the lowest or highest; however, they had a lot more information that was already prepared. She also said the other three bidders also did not have a lot of experience working on housing projects.
Malhum said the contracts will be under legal review. The council also approved the compensation contract for Jonathan Reed. Mahlum said the environmental review will go under legal review. Once it has been approved by the Montana Board of Housing, then the city can purchase the land for the project.
Cape Air was chosen by the Department of Transportation to be the supplier Essential Air Service for northeast Montana. The starting date will be Dec. 1. There will be two flights for each city every day.
Tom Romo said he has been reviewing the Assiniboine Sioux Rural Water Supply easements. According to Romo, only one of the easements has been completed. He said he requested completed documents on all the easements.
Romo said the airport was working with the Federal Aviation Administration to apply for a grant to work on the drains at the airport. Mayor Dewayne Jager complimented Romo on the grass at the airport.
Malhum said the city has been awarded the Community Development Block Grant planning grant. The planning board is scheduled to meet and they will present a map at the next meeting.
Police chief Jeff Harada presented the monthly report from the police department.
Councilman Bill Braaten brought up that high school’s Homecoming and Native American Week Parade will be on Sept. 27 and the Christmas Parade of Lights was set for Dec. 6.
In business matters, the council approved the hire of James Poitra to maintenance worker II, Grant Zimmerman for water and waste operator trainee I. They also approved Lucas Hall’s promotion to maintenance worker III. There are still openings for a sewage and waste maintenance worker II and a maintenance worker II.
The personnel/policy and wage committee met before the meeting and voted to keep the 5 percent longevity and the 3 percent cost of living adjustment. The committee is planning to discuss setting different guidelines for the time it takes an employee to qualify for longevity.
Jager made a suggestion to set aside 15 percent of the enterprise funds for capital improvements. He said that at one time 20 percent had been set aside for projects. Mahlum said they had lowered the percent many years ago because the budget had gotten tight. She said that she doesn’t see a problem raising the percentage set aside because of the increase in the budget over the years.
Jager said his suggestion was just “food for thought” and that he would like to see the next mayor or council take this on.
The mayor also said he would like to take some oil severance funds and put it in a special street project. He asked if he could do that with the money and Mahlum said only the money that was in the reserves is not being used for anything and recommended transferring some of the money into other funds to build for street improvements. The council agreed to put that on the agenda for regular meeting in October.
The window and trim for city hall is almost finished, with the workers only having to replace a couple of boards.
- The city council approved the financial and treasurer’s cash reports.
- The council also approved the minutes for the regular meeting Aug. 19. and claims and payroll.
- The agreement with Roosevelt County for the Justice of the Peace clerical position was approved.
- Public works director Rick Isle said they were patching up water digouts near Northside School.
- The city council election ballots will be mailed Nov. 5.
- The next city council meeting will take place Oct. 21.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 21:15
Written by The Herald-News
In order to improve and expand wireless service in northeast Montana, Nemont has completed a number of network upgrades which expanded wireless coverage and improved mobile data speeds.
The benefits delivered by these upgrades include reduced dropped calls between markets and enhanced 3G mobile data speeds.
New 3G towers have been built in the following Montana markets:
Many existing sites will be upgraded this fall to improve coverage and mobile data speeds in the following markets:
•North Poplar RY
To further expand the mobile data network, all North Dakota towers were upgraded to 3G in 2013. As a result, the Nemont 3G Wireless network is available from as far east as Crosby, N.D., to as far west as Sleeping Buffalo.
If your travel plans carry you outside Montana and northwest North Dakota, our 3G service is available in all 50 states through partnerships with nationwide providers.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 21:14
Written by Al Stover
The Wolf Point Police Department had a busy August.
The department responded to 595 complaints in the city. This is 51 more calls than last August and does not include calls responded to by officers on their own accord. In one 24-hour period, the department responded to over 28 911 calls.
The department also logged 5,859 miles and issued 106 citations — 90 criminal, eight traffic and eight civil.
Animal control logged 1,074 miles, impounded 17 animals and released seven. Ten animals were adopted and four were licensed.
Officer Joey Olsen successfully completed the Montana Physical Aptitude Test in Glasgow, which tested for agility, endurance and strength. Passing the test allows him entrance into the Montana Law Enforcement Academy.
Sergeant Ryan Michaelsen and Chief Jeff Harada attended a Rocky Mountain Information Network intelligence meeting, hosted by Dean Malhum at the Fort Peck Community College. In addition to Wolf Point, there were over 30 law enforcement agencies from Montana, North Dakota and Canada in attendance. The meeting discussed vital information and intelligence in the region.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 21:09