Respectful Partnerships with Native and Indigenous Populations
About Sally Thompson
Dr. Sally Thompson has spent nearly forty years working with the native tribes of the West. Trained as an anthropologist at the University of Colorado, she has worked in Montana as an archaeologist, ethnographer, and ethnohistorian.
As founder and director of the Regional Learning Project at the University of Montana (2001-2010), Sally oversaw a team of specialists developing curriculum resources on regional history, geography and culture.
Her passion is working collaboratively with tribal communities to tell a more balanced version of our shared history. The 2015 book, People Before The Park: The Kootenai and Blackfeet Before Glacier National Park, and three documentary films, Native Homelands Along the Lewis & Clark Trail, Contemporary Voices Along the Lewis & Clark Trail, and Why Save a Language? are some of the tangible results of her work.
One focus of Sally’s research has been the rich tribal histories imbedded in the writings, maps and paintings of the Jesuits who founded the Rocky Mountain Mission.