Aaniiih Nakoda College Newsletter
Fall 2018
August 2018

ANC is honored to announce a new Associate degree program in Chemical Dependency Counseling. This program is accepting applications for its first cohort Fall 2018. This program will only accept new students every other academic year, so the next opportunity to enroll will be Fall 2020. This program is designed to provide the course work and support needed to pursue Montana licensure as a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC). Students will complete two-years of course work, 1,000 supervised internship hours, and a state licensure examination. There is currently a high demand for LACs in Montana and in Fort Belknap. We urge students to enroll in the program.

Courses meet all state licensure requirements. Students will complete courses in psychology, chemical dependency counseling, group counseling, assessment and treatment planning, case management, and gambling and gaming addictions. Course work is designed to include academic skills, professional competencies, and personal self-reflection and growth. Students will get to apply their knowledge and skills to case studies and in role play. Furthermore, students will analyze the cultural, societal, and personal factors involved in addiction by analyzing film, music, and the arts. Students will also learn different models of treatment and how to adapt models to meet the needs of the Fort Belknap community.

If interested, please contact Dr. Kerri Patrick Wertz, Human Services Instructor, at 406-353-2607 ext. 261.


Jump Start Academic Summer Camp kids on their way to Great Falls

This summer Aaniiih Nakoda College offered a two-day Jump Start Academic Summer Camp to local incoming 8th and 9th grade students. The focus of the camp was to help students better understand the academic expectations for both high school and college, as well as help them explore potential careers. The students did career assessments and interest inventories on Montana Career Information Systems (MCIS). This site is helpful in identifying key interests, values, and abilities. We also watched a video on bullying with a follow-up discussion on its detrimental impact. The students engaged in fun team-building activities and competitions to help break the ice.

Triangle Communications provided a "Career Spotlight" presentation. They brought six employees who each shared their own personal career stories, which provided students with a job description and the education needed to qualify for their job. ANC's Brad Fox also shared his own career spotlight/education with the students and showed them ANC's drones, which took pictures of them. The camp concluded with a field trip to Great Falls where the students went to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and the Electric City Water Park. Altogether, it was a great experience, which allowed each student to start thinking about his or her future.


Aaniiih Nakoda College's Namibia Field Study Team

Anita Bentley, Shauntae St. Clair, Kaitlyne Goes Ahead Pretty-King, Dawn Thomas, Colton Werk, Louis Werk, Dan Kinsey, and Dr. Liz McClain have just returned from a two-week study course in Namibia, Africa.

There, they travelled the country, established research sites, conducted fieldwork related to standing crop, and arid-land carry capacity for large ungulates. The methods and techniques they learned would be repeated in our local buffalo pasture by students in the program. They also met and were able to dialogue with other Indigenous Peoples, Government Officials, and various scientists. This all part and parcel of the 'Buffalo Project' grant for integrated learning for ANC students.

Aaniiih Nakoda College's Namibia Field Study Team
The immersion experience also has a broader comparison, which aims to emphasize commonalities between these two Sovereign nations, concerning management of large ungulates, land based issues, policy and resource sustainability. The students communicated both their culture and Aaniiih and Nakoda language to all they came in contact with. They were great ambassadors for Aaniiih Nakoda College!

The 2018 Fall Semester Course Schedule is available on the Aaniiih Nakoda College Website

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PLEASE BE ADVISED this schedule is subject to change and revision, so be sure to see an advisor!


 New & Returning Student Orientation  Monday-Wednesday     August 20-22
 Student Advising  Wednesday-Friday  August 22-24
 Fall Registration  Thursday-Friday  August 23-24
 First Day of Class  Monday  August 27
 Last Day to Register or Drop/Add Class(es) w/o "W" on Transcript  Friday  August 31
 Labor Day - College Closed  Monday  September 3
 Native American Day - College Closed (Fourth Friday of September)     Friday  September 28
 Mid-term Week (8th Week of Semester)  Monday-Friday  October 15-19
 Mid-term Grades Posted on Empower  Wednesday  October 24
 Last Day to Withdraw with a grade of "W" (10th Week of Semester)  Friday  November 2
 Veteran's Day Observance - College Closed  Monday  November 12
 Thanksgiving Holiday - College Closed  Thursday-Friday   November 22-23
 Pre-advising Week for Spring 2019 Semester  Monday-Friday  December 3-7
 Finals Week  Monday-Friday  December 10-14
 Last Day of Fall Semester  Friday  December 14
 Final Grades Posted on Empower  Wednesday  December 19
 Student Holiday Break - College Open  Monday-Friday  December 17-January 4
 Holiday Break - College Closed     Friday-Wednesday  December 21-26
 Monday-Wednesday  December 31-January 2  

Dates subject to change


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Thank you to the authors of the articles in this edition: Dr. Kerri Patrick Wertz, Kimberly Barrows and Dr. Liz McClain.

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