Aaniiih Nakoda College (Ft. Belknap)
Highway 2 and Highway 66
P.O. Box 159
Harlem , MT 59526
Mission, Vision, Educational Philosophy
The mission of Aaniiih Nakoda College (ANC) is to provide quality post-secondary education for residents of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and surrounding communities. The college aims to improve lives by offering each student an opportunity to maintain the cultural integrity of the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes as well as succeed in an American technological society.
To advance its mission and philosophy, ANC has established goals to guide its operations and activities. They include:
• Providing high quality post-secondary education opportunities;
• Basing programs on the cultural heritage and traditions of the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine tribes;
• Offering curricula that respond to the educational, environmental, technological, and economic needs of the reservation and surrounding communities
• Promoting community development
• Maintaining institutional management capabilities, financial resources, and physical infrastructure
In 1977, the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine tribes established the Fort Belknap Education Department to provide educational services to tribal members, particularly adult basic education and vocational education. After years of offering educational credit programs through the College of Great Falls and Chief Dull Knife College, the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine tribes chartered Fort Belknap College (which changed its name to Aaniiih Nakoda College in 2011) in 1984 in Harlem, Montana.
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accredited ANC in 1993; it reaffirmed accreditation in June 2005. ANC received Land Grant Status in 1994.
Geographic Features and Challenges
ANC is located in Harlem, Montana on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Home to nearly half of the 6,500 enrolled members of the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes, the reservation covers just over 1,000 square miles in north central Montana. Much of the reservation consists of farms, ranches and abandoned gold mines. The poor management of these mines and resulting environmental degradation contributed in part to the development of ANC’s strong academic and vocational programs that train tribal members in sound methods of protecting the reservation’s vast natural resources.
Academics and Students
As a small tribal college, ANC has designed an academically-rigorous, yet supportive learning environment. The student body includes 62 percent full-time students, 87 percent Native American students and 56 percent female students.
For the 200 students who enroll each semester, ANC offers 11 associate’s degree programs and four certificate programs. The college employs 19 faculty members.
In 2006, 13 graduates received associates' degrees. In 2010, 19 students received associates' degrees and an additional seven students received certificates.
Members of the ANC community continually endeavor to seek out new partnerships, develop new programs, and strengthen the college infrastructure. These efforts include:
• Ongoing research projects addressing local agricultural and environmental issues;
• A full-day language immersion school;
• A public radio station broadcasting local and national programming;
• State-of-the-art computer and information technology systems; and
• Several new buildings on campus.