Panels

Designing the Sacred Panel
featuring Joseph Kunkel, MSU Alumni Dennis Sun Rhodes, Tamarah Begay and Richard Wyman Smith

Wednesday, February 18 at 7:00 pm | Gaines Hall 101

Within the natural and the built environment there exist spaces and activities that are worthy of reverence and respect. The act of design can recognize the value and importance of the sacred elements of culture, community, place, materials and purpose--making the sacred visible within our built environment. The panelists will discuss the methods by which their own architectural beliefs and design processes search for ways to reveal, protect, and establish the sacred within our built environment.

Screening of Winter in the Blood + Panel with directors Alex and Andrew Smith, Sherman Alexie and Chaske Spencer

Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm | Hagar Auditorium, Museum of the Rockies

Please join us for the screening of Winter in the Blood, from directors Alex and Andrew Smith and starring Chaske Spencer, David Morse and Julia Jones, on Sunday, March 29th in Hagar Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockies at 2 p.m. The screening will be followed by a discussion with directors Alex and Andrew Smith, producer Sherman Alexie and lead actor, Chaske Spencer.

Plot summary: Virgil First Raise wakes in a ditch on the hardscrabble plains of Montana, hungover and badly beaten. He sees a shocking vision: his father, ten years dead, lying frozen at his feet. Shaken, Virgil returns home to his ranch on the Reservation, only to find that his wife, Agnes, has left him. Worse, she's taken his beloved rifle.

Virgil sets out to town find her— or perhaps just the gun— beginning a hi-line odyssey of inebriated and improbable intrigues with the mysterious Airplane Man, his beautiful accomplice, Malvina, and two dangerous Men in Suits. Virgil's quest also brings him face-to-face with childhood memories, traumas and visions of his long lost brother Mose.

Virgil, bloodied and broken by his quest, realizes that he must look inward for the strength he needs to survive. In the mountains, he seeks out Yellow Calf— an old blind man, who helps him grasp the truth of his origins. By embracing— and no longer fleeing— his memories, Virgil is finally able to thaw the ice in his veins.

LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 + Presidential Panel

Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 pm | Reynolds Recital Hall

Please join us for the screening of LaDonna Harris: Indian 101, from director Julianna Brannum, on Wednesday, April 1st in the Reynolds Recital Hall at 7 p.m. The screening will be followed by a discussion with MSU President Waded Cruzado, LaDonna Harris, Henrietta Mann, and Denise Juneau.

A documentary film about Comanche activist LaDonna Harris, who led an extensive life of Native political and social activism, and is now passing on her traditional cultural and leadership values to a new generation of emerging Indigenous leaders.