The School Improvement Grants (SIG) Initiative is a partnership between schools, communities and the OPI to improve Montana’s most struggling schools. Montana Schools of Promise was established in 2009 through a multiple million dollar Title I 1003(g) Grant  from the Federal Government  to significantly improve the educational experience and outcomes for students attending SIG eligible schools.

This grant opportunity supports:

  • Student leadership to build confidence and maintain a student centered school
  • Culturally responsive approaches for students through place-based knowledge and local practices
  • More teacher, staff and administration development and organization
  • Increasing School board members and community knowledge around laws, policies and opportunities to build the community structure

Initial funding of the grant began in 2009 to provide for three years, but fiscal conservation and planning allowed the grants to support student into the 2013-2014 school year. Schools districts served in the initial grant were Frazer Public Schools, Lame Deer Public Schools, Lodge Grass Public Schools, and Pryor Public Schools.

2014-2015 allowed for Montana to continue working with Hays Lodge Pole school district, and again, funding has stretched into a 4th year allocation.

Heart Butte Schools will be able to utilize this funding to support student success into the 2018-2019 school year and possibly beyond.


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Cohort 1 Districts

Lame Deer
Lodge Grass 
PryorPlenty Coups

Cohort 2 Districts

Hays Lodge Pole 
Heart Butte

Frazer Public Schools

Frazer Public Schools are located on the Fort Peck Reservation home to two separate Indian nations, the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, each composed of several bands. The Assiniboine refer to themselves as "Nakona" and the Sioux call themselves "Dakota".

These communities lay along the Missouri River’s north bank, the reservation’s southern boundary.  From the Fort Peck Tribes website information, Frazer boasts a population of 562.

Hays Lodge Pole Public Schools

Located on the Fort Belknap Reservation and serves students Kindergarten through 8th grade at the Lodge Pole Elementary school in Lodge Pole, MT as well as 9-12 at Hays Lodge Pole High School in Hays, MT. The schools are located at the southern end of the reservation at the base of the Little Rocky Mountains. Fort Belknap is named after the former Secretary of War, William W. Belknap, who was later impeached for corruption. In 2012, the tribe designated range land to take care of a herd of pure-bred Bison, which had been previously extinguished due to early Federal Agents preference to raise cattle over the traditional tribal staple.

Heart Butte High School

Heart Butte Public Schools is located on the Blackfeet Reservation and serves students Kindergarten through 12th grade in Heart Butte, MT. It is one of the oldest traditional communities on the reservation, with many of the citizens still living on the original allotments that were established in 1915. To the west of the school stands the mountain Moskitsipahpi-istuki (Heart Butte). Minnie Spotted-Wolf, who grew up in Heart Butte, was the first Native American woman to enlist in the US Marine Corps in 1943. After serving our country and earning headline titles like “Minnie, Pride of the Marines, Is a Bronc-Busting Indian Queen” she became a teacher and taught for 29 years.

Lame Deer Public Schools

Lame Deer Schools are located on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation which encompasses 440,000 acres of land, with Lame Deer serving as tribal headquarters. During the 2010 census the population was 2,052.

Chief Dull Knife, was a respected historical leader of the Northern Cheyenne people. Against overwhelming odds, led his band of Northern Cheyenne back to their homeland.

Lodge Grass Public Schools

Located on the Crow Indian Reservation, headquartered in Crow Agency; the largest reservation in Montana encompassing approximately 2.2 million acres. The name Lodge Grass is a mistaken interpretation of the Crow Indian name for “Greasy Grass”. It is named after the creek which flows through the town where people would camp. The tall valley grass would be wet with dew and the lower portions of the horses would be wet as if they were covered in grease. The Crow word for lodge is Ah-Shay, while greasy is Tah-shay, accounting for the mistaken interpretation. 

Pryor Public Schools

Also located on the Crow Indian Reservation, The area is named for Nathaniel Hale Pryor, a sergeant in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. While the Crow Nation has over 13,000 enrolled members, about 75 percent live on or near the reservation. The population in Pryor, was 618 at the 2010 census. 

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