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Native Tech Camp

Counselor Tara Penny helps Sarah Still Smoking identify aquatic life at day two of Native Tech Camp in Ronan on June 12, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet

On the bank of Spring Creek in Ronan, a half-dozen teenagers eye the water dubiously as camp counselors fit them with hip-high waders.

This is Native Tech Camp, which gives young tribal members a week of exposure to fields of work they might not otherwise see on the reservation. The free week-long camp is open to all middle and high school students from any tribe. It’s taught by professors at Salish Kootenai College and experts in coding, game design, cyber security, data analytics and other occupations that use technology in unexpected ways.

Nicky Ouellet

A summer camp on the Flathead Reservation is aiming to grow career opportunities for young people in the tech fields.

Velda Shelby wants young adults on the Flathead Reservation to think big when it comes to finding a career.

"We have the highest unemployment rate where we have all of these statistics that they have to endure," Shelby says.  "At least if they can learn technology, coding, any aspect of it, there are more opportunities. We'll broaden their horizon so that they're able to be employed."