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Cajune to deliver MSU's Berger Lecture on Nov. 6

October 31, 2013

Julie Cajune, an award-winning educator, historian and documentary film producer, will deliver the 2013 Montana State University Phyllis Berger Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Hager Auditorium of the Museum of the Rockies. The member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will lecture on The World Is Asking: Give a Courageous Answer." Photo courtesy of Julie Cajune.   High-Res Available

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Julie Cajune, an award-winning educator, historian and documentary film producer, will deliver the 2013 Montana State University Phyllis Berger Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Hager Auditorium of the Museum of the Rockies.

The title of Cajune's lecture will be "The World Is Asking: Give a Courageous Answer." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Cajune served as executive director of the Center for American Indian Policy and Applied Research at Salish Kootenai College. A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, she is a former classroom teacher who has worked in education for 19 years. She has a master’s degree in bilingual education and worked as a curriculum specialist for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She returned to public education and worked as a school administrator for six years.

Cajune has developed culturally responsive educational materials for the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Montana Historical Society and numerous other entities. She recently completed a three-year project developing tribal history materials that was funded by the Montana State Legislature. After working at Nkwusm, the Salish Language Revitalization Institute, as the director of development and teacher supervisor for a year, Cajune was awarded a $1.4 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to continue work on the development and publication of tribal history materials. The Kellogg grant was based at Salish Kootenai College.

In 2009, Utne Reader selected Cajune as one of 50 visionaries who are changing the world. Cajune received the Milken National Educator Award in 2002. Cajune is also an actress who performed her one-woman play, "Belief," at MSU in March and in Salamanca, Spain, in October.

The annual Berger Memorial Lecture honors the memory of MSU benefactor Phyllis Berger and is offered each year at MSU by a nationally recognized Native American, Native Alaskan or Native Hawaiian scholar, artist or leader speaking on Native history, cultures or contemporary issues of interest and importance to both Indian and non-Indian people.

For more information, call the Department of Native American Studies at 994-3881.

Cajune's lecture is also an event of MSU's Year of Engaged Leadership.



Walter Fleming (406) 994-3881, wfleming@montana.edu