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Diversity Awareness Office


Building Bridges ~ Creating Community

Schedule of Events

10 am - Tipi Raising
11 am - Opening Prayer and Welcome
Jeremy Stands Over Bull
11:15 am - Haka  - Performed by Pacific Islander students
11:20 - 12:30 Wayne Fox - Mandan/Arikara
Hoop Dancing presentation
Keynote Address
12:40-1:15 Native American Hip Hop Artist - Supaman
1:20-2:00 Dance Demonstrations by MSU students and community members

Films Showing in the Procrastinator Theater 9am-5pm

Class C
A Film By Justin Lubke and Shasta Grenier

Why Save A Language?

Produced by the Regional Learning Project

A Thousand Roads
A Presentation Made Possible by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

A Thousand Roads
A Presentation Made Possible by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

HBO Films

Schedule subject to change - please check back often



Wayne Fox
Wayne is a Hidatsa/Arikara from the Ft. Berthold reservation in North Dakota. He is a hoopdancer as well as a traditional and grassdancer. Wayne learned to hoopdance as a tradition passed on to him through his mother’s family. He dances with as many as 28 hoops. His performances have allowed him to travel to countries across the globe sharing his culture including Germany, Ireland, Japan, Costa Rica and South Africa.

Currently, Wayne is the elementary school principal at Cannon Ball Elementary on the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota as well as a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at MSU-Bozeman. He resides in Mandan, North Dakota with his wife who is a third grade teacher and their children.

Chris Takes Gun Parrish

        As a member of the “Apsaalooke Nation”, Supaman makes his home on the Crow reservation in Montana. The name “Supaman” hardly describes the person who Is Christian Takes Gun Parrish, a humble Native American emcee who has dedicated his life to empowering Indigenous youth with a message of hope through his music. He is a young energetic entrepreneur with tremendous leadership abilities. His presentation style and delivery are nothing short of captivating. Known for his tremendously powerful inspirational lyrics, he is in demand nationally with the purpose of spreading a positive message throughout Indian country and abroad. In 2005 he won a (Nammy) The Native American Music Award for his group “Rezawrecktion” and has since released three self produced projects which have all received national recognition and awards.
         Coming from an alcoholic family and foster home Supaman has remained drug and alcohol free his entire life and has overcame the negative aspects that come with “rez life”. For this he has gained the respect of his culture and generation. He is also a champion fancy dancer traveling extensively on the powwow circuit throughout the U.S and Canada.  He has become one of the strongest young leaders in this generation. The communicative talent along with the compassion that exudes from his life allows him to connect with people from all walks of life. His uncanny ability to motivate, encourage, and inspire through “raw beats and lyrics” keeps him at the forefront among his contemporaries.