Photo courtesy of the Regional Learning Project, The University of Montana, 2005.

Darrell R. Kipp


After completing his studies at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, Darrell Kipp returned home to Browning, Montana, to found the Piegan Institute, a reservation-based center for curriculum and professional development.

Over the past twenty years the Institute has developed a national reputation for innovative programming, and its success inspired Kipp and his colleagues to launch Nizipuhwahsin (Real Speak) School, a Blackfeet language immersion school for children kindergarten through eighth grade. The school offers a complete curriculum in Blackfeet and has won international recognition for its success reversing the decline in the number of native speakers of Blackfeet.