Forestry School Hires New Native American Program Coordinator

March 02, 2015

MISSOULA – The College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana announces the appointment of Ruth Ann Swaney as coordinator of the Native American Natural Resource Program. Swaney is an enrolled tribal member of the Three Affiliated Tribes on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

Swaney also has family from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeastern Montana. She holds a master’s degree in organismal biology and ecology from UM and is working on a doctorate in society and conservation within the College of Forestry and Conservation.

The NANRP aims to help Native students succeed in any of the college’s five undergraduate degree programs or as graduate students. The program has an office on the first floor of the Forestry Building where Swaney is available to assist Native American students with academic advising, finding scholarships, and applying for and managing internships. The NANRP also works closely with other programs at UM for Native students, including the American Indian Student Services office.

Swaney replaces Rachel Smith, who is the Tribal Research and Education in Ecosystem Sciences program manager at Salish Kootenai College.

Contact: Ruth Swaney, Native American Natural Resources Program coordinator, UM College of Forestry and Conservation, 406-243-5561,