Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program, Coeur d'Alene Reservation
The current boundaries of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation were established in 1889 and are comprised of 345,000 acres in the northern Idaho panhandle region. The primary Reservation population centers include the communities of Worley, Plummer, Tensed and DeSmet. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has an abundance of natural resources such as lakes, streams, timber and farmlands. The Tribe established a Farm Enterprise in 1970, their current operation includes about 6,000 acres and produces wheat, peas, lentils, rapeseed and bluegrass. The local educational system faces many challenges. In 2007-2008, the graduation rate for Native American youth on the Reservation was only 28% (Idaho State Department of Education). The school district has failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress on state achievement tests for five consecutive years and is now dealing
with state sanctions. Tribal leadership is concerned about keeping the youth involved in land-based and environmentally related activities and careers. Among American Indians 25 years and older on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation in 2000, 26 percent had no high school diploma and 6 percent had a bachelor's or college degree. However, the Tribal Department of Education has seen an increase in tribal members enrolling in education, and there are currently 60 tribal members receiving financial support for their pursuit of associates', bachelors' and graduate degrees. Only one of these recipients is pursuing a degree in an environmentally-related field. Anticipated Outcomes by Objective: The overall goal is to increase the quality of life on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation primarily through agriculture and natural resource education and life skills development for youth and adults. 1. Youth will
have improved workforce skills that will increase their competitiveness in the job market; youth will choose careers in science, technology and natural resource fields and continue their education beyond high school; Youth will have increased cultural competence. 2. More families will grow their own food; families will have increased income from their land; improved natural resource and environmental stewardship will be demonstrated by community action. 3. Indian people will not lose their land; fractionation of Indian land will be reduced; there will be an increase in the number of individuals who have a will or estate plan. 4. Communities will have improved economic stability as reflected in population demographics, higher employment rates, planning, laws and ordinances that ensure long term community sustainability; communities will have completed a comprehensive plan; increased
University outreach activities on the reservation. 5. Community leaders will be more inclusive in decision making process; reduced demand for community services (low income); families will have reduced expenses related to maintaining a home/property; youth and adults will reduce their debt (credit) load; there will be an increase in community collaborations, networking, and partnerships; improved communication among community residents, organizations and agencies.