RISE Poster

Resilience in Something Else (RISE)

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RISE logo by Sara Still Smoking


RISE is a group created from the COVID-19 pandemic due to students' need for support and connection in our socially distanced time. This group has fostered relationships across the state of Montana and continues to thrive due to the invaluable opportunities for leadership development and relationship building. One of the main focuses of RISE is connection with personal culture as well as heritage, the students uphold these values each meeting.

Meetings are biweekly, every other Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

RISE has created opportunities for youth like:

  • Committees of Action with RISE
  • A permanent position on the MACIE board.
  • Youth Panel inclusion at conferences
  • The opportunity to introduce inductees of the Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame.

For more information, please contact:

Alicia Doney alicia.doney@mt.gov or 
Anna Marsicano anna.marsicano@mt.gov



"We are our own solution"

Youth Voice matters.

Youth and Family Driven.

Annual RISE Youth Conference

  • What is the Youth Conference - Shows youth leadership skills, connection, and resiliency to our urban and reservation tribal youth
  • What schools join RISE? Hardin, Heart Butte, Brockton, Hays/Lodgepole, Havre, Rocky Boy, Box Elder, Sentinel, Big Sky, Willard, Arlee, Two Eagle River, Colstrip, Poplar

Youth Advisory Councils



  • Heart Butte Student Council

Flathead (Salish, Kootenai, Pend d'Oreille)

  • Flathead Youth Initiative

Ft. Belknap (Assiniboine and Gros Ventre)

  • Harlem Schools Student Council
  • Hays Lodge Pole Schools Student Council & Youth Leadership Council

Ft. Peck (Assiniboine and Sioux)

  • Nakona Dakota Oyate Council and Student Councils (6 schools represented, Culbertson to Nashua)

  Rocky Boy (Chippewa Cree)

  • LiFT (Live for Tomorrow), Rocky Boy and Box Elder Schools