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Year of Award


Document Type


Degree Type

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS)

Degree Name

Interdisciplinary Studies

Other Degree Name/Area of Focus

Native American Studies, Media Arts, English

Department or School/College

Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Committee Chair

Sean O'Brien

Commitee Members

Sean O'Brien, Kathryn Shanley, Mark Shogren, Aaron Thomas


Indigenous media, Native American Film, Indigenous Research Methodology


University of Montana

Subject Categories

Digital Humanities | Film Production | Indigenous Studies | Native American Studies | Other Film and Media Studies


The world is moving towards a media-dominated landscape, and yet Indigenous media remains marginalized. This project is in response to that ongoing trend. These three Indigenous-focused, non-fiction videos were produced to examine under-represented topics that are central to various subgroups within the local Indigenous population.

  1. The first video focuses on Salena Hill, an Apsáalooke woman from Pryor, MT whose Doctoral research explores the Apsáalooke Nation's expectations of returning college students. Salena discusses her use of Indigenous Research Methodology (IRM) and the story-based exchanges that formed the basis of her project.

  2. The second video focuses on joint conferences and field trips organized by The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana and the National Fire Science Network. Representatives from both groups explore the integration of Traditional Knowledge and western knowledge in wildland fire management.

  3. The third video focuses on the Payne Family Native American Center at the University of Montana and its significance to the local Indigenous community.



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