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Native comedy group 1491s to perform Nov. 6 at MSU

October 28, 2015 -- MSU News Service

The 1491s, a sketch comedy group, will perform at the Blackbox Theater at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, as part of the American Indian Heritage Month celebration at MSU. Photo courtesy of Ariel Donohue.   High-Res available

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The 1491s, a popular sketch comedy group addressing stereotypes, commercialization and objectification of Native Americans, will perform at 6:30p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, in Montana State University Black Box Theater.

Self-described as, “a gaggle of Indians chock-full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire,” the 1491s have appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and the group’s own digital series, “Represent.” Using comedy as a vehicle, the 1491s have addressed contemporary social issues such as the use of the Washington Redskins mascot and the commercialization of Native American culture.

The 1491s performance is part of a larger celebration of American Indian Heritage during the month of November, which is being observed at MSU for the first time this year.

"We, as the MSU community, are continually striving to create space where American Indian history, culture and perspective can be embraced, valued and celebrated through multiple presentations and discussions,” said Francine Spang-Willis, program coordinator in Native American Studies.

The event is sponsored by MSU’s Diversity Awareness Office, Department of Native American Studies, College of Letters and Science, Division of Student Success and Women’s Center.

Tickets are $10 for MSU students, $20 for non-MSU students, and are available at

The Black Box Theater is located on the south side of the Visual Communications Building, at the corner of 11th and Grant.

Contact: Ariel Donohue, MSU Diversity Awareness Office, (406) 994-5801 or