Browning Montana, hub of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northwestern Montana, offers the Museum of the Plains Indian and majestic scenery to visitors.
Friends of the Museum of the Plains Indian
PO Box 950 ~  Browning Montana 59417 ~  406-216-2676  ~  Fax 406-216-2680  ~  FMPI


Friends of the Museum of the Plains Indian is a unit of the Museum of the Plains Indian Artist Association formed in 2004 to support and preserve Plains Indian culture and heritage through the arts.

The Friends of the Museum of the Plains Indian (FMPI) was formed in 2004 to support and preserve Plains Indian culture and heritage through the arts.

We support individual artists and craftspeople by providing support for sales and promotion of their art work. We seek to educate the public about Plains Indian traditional and contemporary art work.

FMPI was also formed because of our concern and consideration for the Museum of the Plains Indian and to keep the Museum open to the public.

Friends of the Museum of the Plains Indian has been awarded a $3,000.00 Montana Cultural Trust grant for fiscal year 2010-2011. FMPI has been awarded a $3,000.00 Montana Cultural Trust grant for fiscal year 2012-2013. The Montana Cultural Trust is made up of members appointed by the Montana Arts Council, Montana Historical Society, and Montana Committee for the Humanities and reports to the state legislature.


THE MUSEUM

The Museum of the Plains Indian (MPI) is a unit of the U.S. Department of the Interior (USDI), being managed by the USDI Indian Arts and Crats Board (IACB) since the mid-60s. The IACB manages three museum, including the Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning, the Sioux Museum in Rapid City, and the Souther Plains Indian Museum in Anadarko. Thus, the museums' operation is public and political.

The IACB has two primary responsibilities, operation of the museums and support of Indian creative work / economic development. The latter includes efforts to constrain the counterfeiting of Indian arts and crafts.

Until recently the funding for the IACB museums was carried within the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) budget. The BIA had established the museums in the early 1940s as part of the education program, and while it had turned the museums over to the IACB in the '60s funding for the program still remained (and was unsupervised) in the BIA budget. In 2005 management of the IACB including funding for both its museums and arts and crafts development / protection programs, was administratively tranferred to the USDI Assistant Secretariat for Policy, Management and Budget.

Several months later the President presented a Fiscal Year 2006 Budget to the U.S. Congress that stated the Indian Arts and Crafts Board wanted to turn the museum over to non-federal "parties who mission is more closely tied to museum operations." All hiring within the IACB museum program was frozen. The IACB plan was to stop requesting museum support beginning in Fiscal Year 2008, which is October 1, 2007, under the assumption that by then they would be managed by a non-federal entity. Funds in the IACB budget could then be used exclusively for the arts and crafts development / protection program.

Several members of the Blackfeet artist community formed the Museum of the Plains Indian Artist Association (MPIAA) in 2004, to support the exhibit and sale of their traditional arts and crafts in association with Museum programs. That group acquired its 501(c)(3) tax status in early 2006.

In response to the concerns about the possible transfer / sale / closure of the Museum, an Association subgroup named the Friends of the Museum of the Plains Indian (FMPI) was formed. The Friends are involved in discussions with the Montana, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and with other states' Congressional delegations to preserve the Museum's federal status and funding. To date they have assisted in the placement of language in the House and Senate FY 07 Appropriations bills directing the USDI to maintain the three IACB museums as a federal program.

More broadly, the Friends are concerned with the Museum's long-range health. This includes assisting the Museum to develop a strong education program, acquire funds for building maintenance, and build a stronger regional arts and crafts program. More help is always needed.


Become a Member!
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Why Join?

♦ Provide support to the Museum of the Plains Indian!

♦ Have access to high quality American Indian artists and their work!

♦ Be on a mailing list for exhibits, museum special events, related activities!

♦ Have fun and demonstrate your faith in this effort!

♦ Have another excuse to visit a wonderful part of the world!

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OR


Contribute with a tax deduction to our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization!

Please call or send us an email if you have any questions or comments.


The Museum of the Plains Indian exhibits the creative achievements of Native American artists and craftspeople of the United States.
The Museum of the Plains Indian exhibits the creative achievements of Native American artists and craftspeople of the United States.




A permanent exhibit presents the rich diversity of historic arts of the tribal peoples of the Northern Plains, and two special exhibition galleries are devoted to changing presentations promoting the creative works of outstanding talented contemporary Native American artists and craftspeople.
A permanent exhibit presents the rich diversity of historic arts of the tribal peoples of the Northern Plains, and two special exhibition galleries are devoted to changing presentations promoting the creative works of outstanding talented contemporary Native American artisans.

1. PROMOTION AND DEVELOPMENT

Objective 1: Increase public awareness

Objective 2: Use building for education

Objective 3: Recruit and promote artists
2. FUND RAISING

Objective 1: Increase funding for Museum

Objective 2: Secure funding for Friends


3. MARKETING

Objective 1: Distribute a Friends brochure

Objective 2: Develop a Friends email list

Objective 3: Develop a Friends mailing list

Objective 4: Website for Friends

Objective 5: Newsletter for Friends

Objective 6: Run advertisement for Friends


4. STAFF FOR FRIENDS

Objective 1: Executive Director

Objective 2: Administrative Assistant

Objective 3: Webmaster

Objective 4: Public Relations Professional

Objective 5: Education Director

Objective 6: Museum Assistance/Tours

Objective 7: Develop Volunteer Program
5. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Objective 1: Who's responsible for what?

Objective 2: Building up to code

Objective 3: Non-building updates

Objective 4: Additional staff
6. COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Objective 1: Involvement/Education






7. LOCAL LEADERSHIP

Objective 1: Meetings/Committees/Action Plan

Friends of the Museum of the Plains Indian
PO Box 950
Browning, Montana 59417
406-216-2676, Fax 406-216-2680
email: FMPI   or   email: FMPI

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