Native Student Services Directory

Tee-pee in front of Montana Hall

There are more than 30 support programs for Native American Students at Montana State University.

American Indian Council (AIC)
The American Indian Council is a student organization for all Native students and their families and is housed in the American Indian Student Center (AISC). AIC has been established in order to assist new and continuing students in their adjustment to college life, to promote academic success through group support, advocacy, leadership, to encourage other students to attend MSU-Bozeman, and to foster pride in cultural heritage. One attribute that sets the AIC apart from other student groups at MSU is the use of our cultural heritage that is utilized to foster pride, integrity, and achievement at the college level and beyond.

Richard White, Director American Indian/Alaska Native Student Success
406.994.4880 or

Dr. Jioanna Carjuzaa, Co-Advisor
406.994.4941 or

Lisa Perry, Program Coordinator
406.994.5529 or

American Indian Student Center (AISC)

The AISC serves all American Indian/ Alaskan Native students needing and seeking support to become academically and personally successful at MSU. The AISC is committed to assisting American Indian students in all majors pursuing academic success through coordinated recruitment and retention efforts. Students have access to tutoring, computer terminals, printing/faxing, and advising.

Richard White, Director American Indian/Alaska Native Student Success
406.994.4880 or

Lisa Perry, Program Coordinator
406.994.5529 or

Rita Sand, Academic Advisor
406.994.3334 or

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

The AISES mission is to increase substantially the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines.

Julian Collins, EMPower Associate Director
406-994-6723 or

ASMSU - Associated Students of Montana State University
ASMSU is the student government on campus, actively working to represent the students and be their voice. ASMSU oversees an executive team, 21 senators and 18 programs. They advocate for the students through drafting resolutions and budgeting over 1.1 million dollars in student fees. Theyoversee programs ranging from Outdoor Recreation to the Leadership Institute and the Procrastinator Theater. ASMSU also hires a lobbyist who advocates for higher education during the legislative sessions in conjunction with the 10 other MUS Campuses they work within an organization called Montana Associated Students.

ASMSU President
406-994-6861 or

Beginning Farmer/Rancher Program
The program provides education programs (webinars and face-to-face presentations) and mentorship opportunities on finance, marketing, and risk management for beginning farmers and ranchers. The program is a collaborative effort between Fort Peck Community College and Montana State University with special emphasis on Native American beginning farmers and ranchers.

George Haynes, Ph.D.
406-994-5012 or

Caring for Our Own Program
The Caring for Our Own Program strengthens American Indian and Alaska Native students in their pursuit of nursing education by improving leadership, academic skills and by providing a dedicated community of support.

Brian King, Associate Director
406-994-2710 or

Housed in the College of Engineering, EMPower supports underrepresented minority (URM) students, including ethnic minority and females, in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. EMPower provides two student spaces with computers, printing, group study areas, and a STEM library. The program also provides tutors, research opportunities for high school, tribal college and undergraduate students, plus internships and other resources to support URM student success. Lastly, EMPower coordinates a STEM peer mentoring program for Native American freshman and transfer students, which provides mentorship from upper division Native students.

Julian Collins, Associate Director
406-994-6723 or

Amy Stix, Assistant Director
406-994-5567 or

Expanding Horizons
Expanding Horizons is a mentoring program for new Native American students that is designed to help with the myriad of transitions students go through in the first year of college. To help do that, we pair students with a faculty or staff mentors who are interested in supporting them in the college transition and help them grow as individuals. Students and mentors attend monthly workshops and social events together to learn about available resources on campus and building a support system.

Ariel Donohue
406-994-5801 or

Financial Aid
The Office of Financial Aid processes Federal, State, Institutional and Tribal financial aid resources (scholarships, waivers, grants, loans work study, etc.)

Julie Watson
406-994-2845 or 406-994-6044 or

Gallatin College
Gallatin College offers 1- and 2-year workforce degree programs for students interested in pursuing Certificate and Associate of Applied Science degrees. They also offer general education courses towards associate’s degrees; this can be a cost effective way to later transfer credits towards a bachelor’s degree. Gallatin College also teaches developmental (math, writing, college studies) courses at MSU to provide foundational skills for students to be more successful.

Nicole Berg (workforce programs) and Katie Michel (developmental education)
406-994-5536 or

Graduate Education in Health for Minority Scholars (GEhMS)
The Graduate Education in Health for Minority Scholars (GEhMS) program at Montana State University (MSU) is designed to increase community capacity to reduce health disparities in our state by supporting underrepresented minority (URM) graduate students in biomedical and behavioral sciences who have strong ties to underserved Montana communities. Housed at MSU’s Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE), the program supports new and continuing URM graduate students in MSU health programs by facilitating opportunities to conduct community-based participatory research on health issues in their home communities, as well as by providing academic, financial, and social support. Principle Investigator for this program is Dr. Anne Camper.

Deb LaVeaux, GEhMS Recruitment Specialist
406-548-5943 or

Mari Eggers GEhMS Program Coordinator
406-994-3064 or

The purpose of the I LEAD project is to recruit, educate, certify and place American Indian educators into administrative positions in schools with high populations of Native American students. The program will result in the award of a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and certification as a school principal. The curriculum focuses instruction on local school improvement initiatives through problem-based learning assignments. Each candidate will be assigned a mentor who is an experienced administrator in schools with high populations of Native American students. Classes will be delivered during the school year using computer-based instruction and summer classes held on the MSU campus at Bozeman, Montana. All participants must agree to serve as administrators in schools serving Native American children for a period of time equal to the length of their education and training.

Catherine Johnson, I LEAD Project Director
406-994-7881 or

INBRE aims to mentor and develop the growing number of infectious disease, environmental health, and health disparities investigators at principally undergraduate institutions, tribal colleges, and the state's two research universities to sustain and grow an even more productive and competitive biomedical research network.Develop and support community-based participatory research (CBPR) initiatives led by Montana tribal colleges working in collaboration with tribal communities and health boards on Montana Indian reservations to develop the infrastructure needed to reduce health disparities in Native American communities.Strengthen the states biomedical and bioinformatics infrastructure through continued development of shared facilities, research collaborations, focused working groups, and training opportunities.Expand research opportunities for students and enhance biomedical curricula from K-12 through college and graduate education to strengthen the pipeline to careers in health research and increase the scientific and technological knowledge of the state's workforce.

With MSU-Bozeman as the lead institution, our partner institutions are UM-Missoula, MSU-Billings, UM-Western, MT Tech of the UM, Rocky Mountain College, Carroll College, Blackfeet Community College, Chief Dull Knife College, Aaniiih Nakoda College, Fort Peck Community College, Little Big Horn College, Salish Kootenai College and Stone Child College.

Ann Bertagnolli
406-994-5214 or

Indian Education for All Professional Development
Indian Education for All at MSU provides professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students at MSU and the Bozeman community. We explore the integration of quality IEFA content across all disciplines in an effort to close the achievement gap. IEFA benefits Indian students in several ways: by reducing anti-Indian bias resulting from a lack of knowledge, by enriching instruction through cultural relevance, and by instilling pride in cultural identity. Denise Juneau (Mandan/Hidatsa) asserts, IEFA is for all students: “This constitutional, ethical, and moral obligation, known as Indian Education for All, is not only for Indian students. In fact, its principal intent is that non-Indian students gain a richer understanding of our State’s history and contemporary life” (Juneau, 2006, p. 3).

Juneau, D. (2006). Montana’s agenda: Issues shaping our state, Indian
Education for All.The University of Montana Press.

Dr. Jioanna Carjuzaa
406-994-4941 or

McNair Scholars Program
This program is an undergraduate student support program assisting qualified students in their quest to obtain a graduate degree, primarily the PhD degree. Once a student is accepted into the program they are eligible for monetary awards given as stipends for student research, are able to travel to conferences and visit graduate schools, are able to participate in the GRE workshop, and receive information as to how to apply and be accepted to graduate school. Students need to be either from an underrepresented minority group or low income and first generation college students in order to be eligible for this program. Students must be a full time undergraduate student at MSU with a 2.75 GPA (preferably 3.0 GPA) and have completed 60 credits before beginning the summer research/project. Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the USA. Application Deadline is 3rd Friday of each October.

Shelly Hogan
406-994-5072 or


Messengers for Health
This is a community-based participatory research project between members of the Crow Nation and Montana State University. We work in partnership on health projects and have undergraduate and graduate students involved in our work.

Suzanne Christopher at MSU
406-994-6321 or

Alma McCormick at Crow Agency
406-665-5492 or


Native American Studies
The Department of Native American Studies houses both the NAS academic department as well the American Indian/Alaska Native Student Success Services office. The Department of Native American Studies offers an undergraduate non-teaching Minor In Native American Studies. At the graduate level, NAS offers a Master of Arts degree and a Graduate Certificate in NAS. The Graduate Certificate is available fully online, and the first of its kind in the world. The department hosts activities throughout the year, such as the annual Phyllis Berger lecture, Native Heritage Day activities, and workshops and conferences. The AI/AN Student Success Services office works closely with the American Indian Council student organization to host the annual MSU AIC powwow, as well as providing many different support services including tutoring, counseling and mentoring.

Walter Fleming, Department Chair
406-994-3881 or


Office of International Programs (OIP), MSU- Bozeman
OIP offers students information and assistance for how to study abroad at over 40 partner institutions overseas and many more which aren’t direct MSU partners. Partner institutions cost no more than MSU tuition, plus an airline ticket. Local housing can be often cheaper than housing in Bozeman.
OIP also works with faculty on collaborative grant writing to partner with international institutions on areas of mutual interest.

Yvonne Rudman, Native American initiatives, and Grant writing and internationalization of curriculum
406-994-4032 or


Rockin the Rez
This Native specific outreach program works to promote higher education in highly American Indian populated areas. The Office of Admissions plans recruitment trips to each of Montana’s reservations to talk with high school and Tribal College students about applying to college, financial aid/scholarships, research, and Native American support programs. Representatives from other Native support programs, such as EMPower, Native American Studies, and CO-OP, also attend and share information about opportunities available through their programs.

Heather Wofford, Minority Admissions Representative
406-994-1983 or

Student Accounts Receivable, MSU-Bozeman
The Student Accounts office assists with the set up of payment plans for current and past due student account balances.

Wendy McCarty
406-994-5538 or

Amy Smith
406-994-7561 or


Summer Transportation Institute
The Summer Transportation Institute (STI) is an innovative summer program for high school students guaranteed to spark their interest in transportation through creative problem-solving and hands-on activities. Participants will have the opportunity to experience college life, explore career options, and improve their academic performance. Students gain skills in applied science and math, work together with their peers on design teams, and meet university and professional staff in the transportation and engineering fields.
The STI provides a stimulating introduction to all modes of transportation through professional presentations, field trips, and hands-on activities. Participants live in the dormitories on campus and participate in a sports and recreation program in the evenings and on weekends. The program is free to all selected participants. Food, housing, and program expenses are paid for by a generous grant from the Federal Highway Administration.

Susan Gallagher
406-994-6559 or

Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute (TCLI) and Library Research Help
TCLI is a week-long annual professional development opportunity for tribal college library personnel from all over the US and beyond; students interested in careers in librarianship at tribal college libraries are also invited to participate. No registration fee. We typically have about 40 – 60 participants and often have grant funding to cover their travel expenses to Bozeman and the MSU Campus each June for TCLI.

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Mary Anne Hansen, Lead TCLI Coordinator and Instruction Librarian
406-994-3162 or

James Thull, TCLI Coordinator and Library Liaison to Native American Studies
406-994-5305 or