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franktyroSKCFrank Tyro has worked at Salish Kootenai College (SKC) in Pablo since 1984.  He brought local public television to the Flathead Reservation in 1988. Franks background includes 39 years in broadcast, producing television documentaries and teaching.  Frank is a recurrent visitor to Churchill, Manitoba with the Great Bear Foundation Arctic Ecology field trips.

Production awards include Best Professional Short, International Cultural Film Symposium, Platinum Best of Show Cultural Documentary, Aurora Award, Telly and Videography Awards of Excellence, Finalist at IWFF and screenings at the American Indian Film Institute Festival, and Native Voice Festival.

Frank teaches photography, TV production and mass communication.  He has a B.S. in TV Production from MSU, Bozeman, an M.A. from Temple University, Philadelphia and PhD from the Union Institute and University, Cincinnati.

He received the Distinguished Service Award from SKC, was president of the Montana Public Television Association, and president, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lake County.  He has presented on American Indian Learning Styles, Constructivist Theory and Successful Online Courses at conferences in the U.S. and Canada

Frank lives in Pablo, MT with his wife, Dr. Lori Lambert and their sled dogs.



Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, then Haskell Indian Nations University, later moving on to the University of Kansas. He holds a bachelors degree in film studies from Rocheville University. Roy returned to the Flathead Reservation in 1982, attending Salish Kootenai College in 1984.  In 1987, he worked for the media department as a media specialist and operated the colleges offset press.

Roy’s production experience began as Director/Editor of a 5 part series for the Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program at Salish Kootenai College. He was also a Production Assistant for the PBS American Experience episode: Last Stand at Little Big Horn filmed at the Little Big Horn Battlefield, Crow Reservation, Montana.  In the late 1980’s Roy was Co-Director, Videographer, and Cultural Advisor to the Salish Kootenai Documentary Project for The Place of the Falling Waters. This program won the Native Filmaker award at the Parnu International Visual Anthropology Film Festival in Estonia, a Silver Apple at the National Educational Film and Video Festival and was screened at the Smithsonian Wind and Glacier Voices Festival in New York and also screened at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.  Roy was also Director/Editor of a 5 part series for SKC Early Childhood Education Department on Native American perspectives on parenting and childrearing.

Roy was a Member of the Advisory Board, Native Voices Public Television Workshop, Montana State University, Bozeman and a member of the Planning Committee for the Native American Film Category, International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula.

Roy has also presented and been a judge at the International Wildlife Film Festival.  Roy makes numerous presentations to classes in the University of Montana system and Salish Kootenai College classes on culture and media.


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Dr. Frank Tyro
Media Center Director

Roy Bigcrane
Program Director