Our Mission

Back to the Earth (BTTE) is a community-based youth education partnership between the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Spokane Tribe, and the University of Idaho. The BTTE project aims to develop and deliver culturally-rich science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities to students in grades 4-7 on the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane Indian Reservations. All lessons and activities will engage youth in the place and the local community through the context of local values and culture as they relate to STEM.

            With the following objectives that can be studied through research:

●  Increase student knowledge in (1) science and technology content, and (2) use of inquiry skills;

●  Enhance student attitude toward (1) science, technology, and engineering content, and (2)     science, technology, and engineering careers;

●  Enhance community partnerships for developing an Indigenous STEM workforce.

About our Logo 

To make the final BTTE logo five AP Art students from the tribal committees, four from the Wellpinit tribe community and one from the Coeur d'Alene tribe community, came together and made several images which would be sent to a digital artist at the University of Idaho to create one united version.

About our website design

The inspiration behind the website design was to start with a color palette embodying earth and sky, two key elements in many Native American Cultures.

The two feathers represent the two Tribes, Coeur d'Alene and Spokane, which come together in this project focusing on the Spokane watershed, which holds the two feathers together in partnership.

Our website was designed by Nasbah Ben, a certified website designer who specializes in custom Google Sites.