Native American Natural Resource Program

The Native American Natural Resource Program (NANRP) provides Native students with the services and resources they need for a successful academic experience here at the University of Montana.

The mission of the NANRP is to provide Native American students enrolled in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation with educational opportunities and support that will assist and guide them as they earn their undergraduate degree.

Some of the services the NANRP offers Native American students enrolled in the college:

  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • academic and financial aid advising (including transfer advising)
  • internship and seasonal job placement
  • And scholarship searches


  • The CFC jobs database lists jobs open to students or alumni
  • Yellowstone National Park - Resource Management Internship, summer 2017m, for Native American students (pdf file)
  • Tribal Youth Internship Program (Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak) Three opportunities for tribal youth interested in working in various disciplines within the natural resources field: Tribal Fisheries, Natural Resources, and Wildlife. $15/hr. Ages 18-25. 

Scholarships available for Native American students:

We work closely with the Office of American Indian Student Services and the Native American Studies Department to help our students as they transition to the University of Montana.

Upcoming Events

Soup Wednesday Wed. Feb. 8 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Hosted by the office of the President, an opportunity to participate in an open forum. Wednesday, February 8, 12:15-1:30 in the Payne Native American Center, Bonnie Heavy Runner Rotunda

American Indian Science and Engineering Society Meeting Wed. Feb. 8 10-11 a.m. in Payne Family Native American Center Rm. 211

We will be discussing fundraising this spring, summer internships for undergraduates, and getting a rough draft of those who would like to attend the AISES national conference this September in Denver, CO.

Organismal Biology, Ecology & Evolution Noon Seminar Series Wed. Feb. 8 12-12:50 p.m. in Jeannette Rankin Hall Rm. 202

Matt Jones, "The Evolutionary Origins of Adaptive Seasonal Camoflage Variation in Snowshoe Hares" 

Seminar with Sweeney Windchief Wed. Feb. 8 2-3:20 p.m. in UC 326

"How cultural competency informs cultural humility" Sweeney Windchief, Assistant Professor, Adult and Higher Education, MSU, and Co-Principal Investigator of the Pacific Northwest Alliance to develop, implement, and study a STEM Graduate Education Model for American Indians and Native Alaskans, will engage participants in storywork (Archibald, 2008), hearing stories and then sharing stories of cultural humility. Participants will finish the session being able to distinguish between cultural competency and cultural humility, important concepts for teaching university students. You can RSVP at

BEETLES Science and Learning for Field Instructors 

This Institute will take place from December 10-15, 2017, in the Northern Bay Area of California. Applications will close Monday, April 3 2017. This is the second of five FREE (including room/board and a travel stipend) Institutes, funded by the National Science Foundation, that will take place over three years (the others will be in August and December, 2018; and August, 2019). Each Leadership Institute will engage participants in stimulating conversations, build leadership expertise, share wisdom across a variety of programs, and model research-based resources for professional learning and student experiences.

The Institute is open to all outdoor environmental education programs that use science as a lens for looking at nature.