Extension Director: Virgil Dupuis
Research Assistant and Graduate Student; Ian McRyhew
I am Ian Issaia McRyhew. I was born in Apple Valley, California in the Mojave Desert in 1977. I was raised in Butte, Montana and graduated from Butte High School in 1995. I have lived in Polson, Montana since 2005. My wife Susan and my daughter Victoria and I ran out of gas in Big Arm on Flathead lake, and we have been here ever since. Victoria and her husband Charlie have blessed us with three granddaughters Nevaeh, Harmony and Serenity. I live for my family and I am striving to become a wildlife conservation ecologist to try and counterbalance the destructive nature of humans, to provide a better future for them. I graduated from Salish Kootenai College in 2021 and received my Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries, a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management, and an Associates in Fine Arts. I am now attending Montana State University in pursuit of a Master of Science in the Land Resources and Environmental Sciences Department.
406-275-4800 ext. 4796
Richard BullTail Jr.
My name is Amber Hamm. I was born in 1991 and I grew up in Kent, Washington which is part of the same county as Seattle. I first moved to Montana in 2010, after a few back and forth moves I have called lake county home since 2013. The Salish Kootenai Reservation is a fairly rural area at the foothills of the Rockies in the flathead valley, a stark contrast to the busy areas I grew up in. I really enjoy the difference between the places, my favorite being the small town connections of familiarity. I have 3 beautiful children as well as a common law husband of many years. I am currently pursuing a degree in the Life Science Program at Salish Kootenai College.
Research Assistant and Graduate Student, Sarah Holloway
Sarah is a graduate student pursuing her master of science in Natural Resource Management at Salish Kootenai College. Early years of roaming the foothills of the Rockies, on foot and horseback, taught her a deep love and appreciation for the outdoors. She has shared that love as an outdoor educator and riding instructor. As a barn manager and director, she saw the challenges of both caring for herd animals and the land and now hopes to be able to use her masters to make some of those challenges easier.
Salish Kootenai College (SKC) is a private Native American tribal college in Pablo, Montana. It serves the Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’Oreilles tribes. SKC’s main campus is on the Flathead Reservation. There are three satellite locations in eastern Washington state, in Colville, Spokane, and Wellpinit. Although enrollment is not limited to Native American students, SKC’s primary function is to serve the needs of Native American people.
Salish Kootenai College, 58138 US-93, Pablo, MT 59855
phone; (406) 275-4800