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Hopa Mountain recognizes MSU with a 2015 Citizen Leadership Award

October 29, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University’s American Indian Council recently won the 2015 Hopa Mountain Citizen Leadership group award for the council’s exemplary service to Montana for more than 40 years. The award is given annually to recognize community service.

The MSU AIC, part of the American Indian/Native Alaskan Student Success program, is a student run organization that includes MSU American Indian/Alaska Native students, non AI/AN students, their families, as well as campus and community allies and supporters.  The organization promotes Native culture and heritage to “help foster pride, integrity, perseverance and success at the college level and beyond,” according to Richard White, director of the AI/AN Student Success program.

“MSU’s American Indian Council has provided volunteer support services to students, faculty and the community at large in many diverse arenas including education, health, cross-cultural understanding and economic development. They also raise funds and organize the annual MSU pow wow, a free community event that includes singing and dancing competitions, as well as a basketball tournament,” said Hopa Mountain Executive Director Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer.

Hopa Mountain is a Bozeman-based nonprofit that works with rural and tribal citizen leaders to improve education, ecological health and economic development in their hometowns.

More information about the MSU American Indian Council is available online at To learn more about Hopa Mountain, please visit or call 406-586-2455.

Contact: Richard White, (406) 994-4880 or; or Francine Spang-Willis, (406) 994-5529 or