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MSU pow wow set for April 6-7

March 1, 2012


Native American dancers from throughout the country will compete at the annual Montana State University American Indian Council Pow Wow, which will be held April 6-7 at MSU's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. The MSU pow wow is one of the largest in Montana. Pow wow events are free and open to all. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.   High-Res Available

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The 37th annual Montana State University American Indian Council Pow Wow will be held April 6-7 at MSU's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

The MSU pow wow is one of the largest in Montana. Pow wow events are free and open to all.

The pow wow begins at 6 p.m. Friday, April 6, with the grand entry. There will also be grand entries at noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 7. Dance and drum competitions with cash prizes are always a key feature of the event. Booths around the edge of the dance arena will offer the crafts of traditional artists and artisans throughout the pow wow. Arts and crafts and food concession booths are open throughout the event.

Host drum group will be Northern Cree of Saddle Lake, Alberta, one of the top drum groups in North America. Outgoing MSU deans Paula Lutz and Larry Baker will be honored with honor dances. Head woman dancer will be Marianne Addison, Salish. Head man dancer will be Spur Roundstone, Northern Cheyenne. Masters of ceremonies will be Ruben Little Head, Northern Cheyenne, and Ray Champ, Crow. Arena director will be Kasey Nicholson, White Clay.

A Nation's Prayer Breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at MSU's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. A brunch for MSU Native American alumni will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Hall of Fame Room in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, 1501 S. 11th Ave. For more information, contact the MSU Alumni Association, (406) 994-2401 or alumni@montana.edu. Five K, 10K and a half-marathon are also scheduled on Saturday morning. For information about the runs, contact Shane Doyle at shanemrdoyle@yahoo.com.

The fourth annual Nyree Hogan Memorial Basketball Tournament will be held April 6 and 7. For more information, contact Cheryl Polacek at (406) 994-3591 or e-mail her at ccp@montana.edu.

For more information about the pow wow, contact Francine Spang Willis (406) 994-4880 or francine.willis@msu.montana.edu or call the MSU Department of Native American Studies, (406) 994-3881.

Francine Spang Willis (406) 994-4880 francine.willis@msu.montana.edu