Fort Belknap tribal college renamed

Harlem, Montana (AP) October 2011

Fort Belknap College, a community college on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in northeastern Montana, has changed its name to recognize the two tribes it serves.

The Fort Belknap Indian Community Council announced it has formally changed the college’s name to Aaniiih (a-ah-nee) Nakoda College.

College officials say the college and the reservation were named after a fort that was named after William Belknap, a secretary of war under Ulysses S. Grant, who had no ties to the area.

The Billings Gazette reports ( the college’s new name combines the names of the two reservation tribes in their original languages.

Aaniiih is the name of the White Clay People, mistakenly called the Gros Ventre (groh-VAWNT’) by the French. The Nakoda, or Generous Ones, were called Assiniboine (uh-SINN’-uh-boyn), an adaptation of a Chippewa word.