Montana State University

MSU celebrates American Indian Heritage Day Sept. 28

September 19, 2012

A variety of events that celebrate Native American culture are scheduled Sept. 28 when MSU celebrates American Indian Heritage Day. The celebration, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, on MSU's Centennial Mall. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.    High-Res Available

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Tel: (406) 994-4571
Montana State University will observe American Indian Heritage Day with a variety of free events scheduled from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, on MSU's Centennial Mall.

The events, which pay tribute to the cultural legacy and societal contributions of Native American people in Montana and the U.S., will include dance demonstrations, musical performances, storytelling as well as traditional game stations.

Christian Takes Gun Parrish, a rapper, recording artist and member of the Apsaalooka Nation (Crow), will be the master of ceremonies for the events, which will begin with a tipi raising on the Malone Centennial Mall, behind Montana Hall.

MSU President Waded Cruzado will welcome visitors and participants. Bill Yellowtail, former regional administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency and member of the Apsaalooka Nation, Bill Yellowtail will speak followed by performances by the Bobcat Singers and Native hip hop performer Supaman. Game stations, with a number of traditional games from tribes indigenous to the Rocky Mountains, will be open courtesy of the Museum of the Rockies and Wabusk Ragged Robe, a graduate student in the Native American Studies program at MSU.

For additional information, contact Scott Zander at 994-4880 or Phenocia Bauerle at 994-5801. A schedule is available at

MSU American Indian Heritage Day is sponsored by the MSU Office of the President in conjunction with the American Indian Council, the Diversity Awareness Office, the Museum of the Rockies, the Department of Native American Studies, the College of Letters and Science and ASMSU Entertainment.

Phenocia Bauerle (406) 994-5801,