(AP) -- In Joe McGeshick's classes, explorers Meriwether "Lewis and William Clark aren't presented as the larger-than-life heroes some of his students at Fort Peck
Community College read about in high school.
Recreation sites such as the Hungry Horse Dam, Libby Dam, Fort Peck
Dam, Lewis & Clark Caverns, and the Bison Range all experienced increased visitation.
Salish Kootenai College on Montana's Flathead Reservation, Fort Peck
Community College in Poplar, Mont., and United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck are among the colleges working on improvements.
Community College in Poplar, Mont., and Stone Child College in Box Elder, Mont., will each receive $400,000 from the Tribal Colleges and Universities Program administered by the U.S.
Most tribal colleges find these costly programs nearly impossible to fund on theft own, according to James Shanley, president of Fort Peck
Community College in Poplar, Mont., and president of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, an Alexandria, Va.-based organization representing tribal institutions.
From Salish speakers on the Flathead Reservation to the Sioux of Fort Peck
, they're enlisting the memories of tribal elders and the power of digital computer technology to introduce Indian children to their native tongue.
The four schools are Turtle Mountain, Fort Berthold Community College in New Town, N.D.; Fort Peck
Community College in Poplar, Mont.; and Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, N.D.