UM to Launch American Indian Web Portal

September 22, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana has launched a new Web portal called the American Indian Gateway during the 2014 Homecoming Week. It can be found at

American Indian Gateway highlights “all things Native” at UM in one convenient place. It will serve as one-stop shopping for those interested in American Indian-related programs on campus.

The American Indian Gateway provides access to University websites that feature academic programs with a Native focus, research related to American Indian communities, American Indian faculty and staff members, student programs and clubs, Alumni Relations, the University’s Strategic and Diversity Plans, and current news and events across campus and within the Missoula community.

The American Indian Gateway grew out of the UM Diversity Plan’s initiative to “increase visibility of diversity at the University of Montana.” Its creation was spearheaded by David Beck in the Native American Studies Department and Rosalyn LaPier in the Environmental Studies program. Members of the American Indian Support and Development Council assisted in its development. AISDC is an informal group of faculty and staff that meet monthly to share information about American Indian programs on campus.

“The American Indian Gateway was designed to link Griz Nation to a variety of useful resources related to American Indian programs on campus,” LaPier says. “It will be a great way to stay connected.”

The site was funded by the UM Provost Office and designed by UM’s Spectral Fusion.

For more information call LaPier at 406-243-6787 or email


Contact: Rosalyn LaPier, UM Environmental Studies faculty member, 406-243-6787,