"This is a new generation of storytellers in tribal communities.
There’s many young people that I have met who’ve worked with Anna East Baldwin in Arlee.
There’s students in Two Eagle River School, students who are in all the tribal colleges who are writing, who have important stories to tell.
All you Indians out there writing, come to the University of Montana.
Earling’s appointment was celebrated this week during an honoring ceremony in the Payne Family Native American Center on the University’s Missoula campus.
As President Royce Engstrom pointed out, the Creative Writing Program at UM is one of the top programs in the country.The University is a major source of research, continuing education, economic development, fine arts and cultural entertainment, as well as a driving force in strengthening Montana's international ties and educational opportunities around the world.Faculty members and students alike engage in a wide range of research, creative activity and public service, with projects ranging from searching for exo-planets with NASA to unraveling mealybug symbiosis to improving the hospital discharge process for patients in rural areas.Missoula College occupies two sites in central and west Missoula.Established in 1893, UM remains the state's leading liberal arts institution where students can choose from more than 90 fields of study that include the trades, liberal arts, graduate and postdoctoral study and professional training.Roughly 15,000 students attend UM and Missoula College, where they receive a world-class education.UM is Missoula's largest employer, with nearly 3,000 faculty members and staff working year-round to keep this city within a city running smoothly."Three or four years ago, we set about on this campus identifying a small number of programs of national distinction — that’s what we called it.And a very rigorous competition from campus was held.The main campus spans 56 acres at the base of Mount Sentinel along the Clark Fork River and includes the park-like Oval at the center of campus, more than 60 architecturally unique buildings and a 25,200-seat football stadium.UM's 180-acre South Campus offers student housing, a golf course, soccer fields and an outdoor track facility.