It has not only been a pleasure to work alongside David as a co-teacher, but also to observe his work with the students. He empowers students on the Reservation in a unique way and gives them ownership of their communities through photography and reflection. During an intensive summer course, we combined photography with writing to prompt students to think critically of their surroundings and themselves. His process allows students to engage with hands-on activities that give them true knowledge of what they're doing. David displays tremendous patience with the individuals that he works with and ensures understanding before moving on to the next step of the learning process. The photographic process instills a sense of individual pride in the products students create.
- Alexander Herlich, Salish Kootenai College Upward Bound, Pablo, Montana

Tribal Government of the Flathead Reservation

Tribal Government of the Flathead Reservation is a project designed to expose and involve students at Two Eagle River School, a Tribal middle and high school on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Pablo, Montana, in learning about their government first-hand by interviewing and portraying Tribal Council leaders and then taking what they have learned and assembling, presenting and sharing this information with the students and teachers at other public schools on the Flathead Reservation and in Lake County, Montana. The project has been developed, guided and overseen by Jennifer K. Greene and David J. Spear and sponsored by A VOICE-Art Vision & Outreach In Community Education.

The study of government is at the heart of Social Studies, and the results of this project will allow for students and teachers to compare the form of government of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation with other government models including the United States, the State of Montana, and county and town municipalities that they are already familiar with. In doing so, it will allow for Indian students who will create a formal presentation to become closely connected to the process of their government. Then they will go out to the larger school community and present what they have assembled. In doing so, aspects of Indian culture and society will be discussed. By studying this government model and by creating a discussion of it through the experience of those who lead, students and teachers will gain an intimate connection to the Indian community on the Flathead Reservation.

The interviewing of Tribal government members is complete and the project presentation model and tour aspect of the project are yet to be completed.