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MSU pow wow set for May 2-3

May 2, 2008

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The annual Montana State University American Indian Council Pow Wow will be held May 2-3 at MSU's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

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

The MSU pow wow is usually held in April but for this year only will be held in May, according to Jim Burns of MSU Native American studies and adviser to the MSU American Indian Council, a group of students who produce the non-profit event. He said the event was rescheduled this year to avoid conflict with other Native American events in the state.

"This allows dancers, drum groups, vendors, and audience members to participate in as many pow wows as they desire," Burns said.

The pow wow begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, with the grand entry. There will also be grand entries at noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. Dance and drum competitions 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. A free chili dinner will be served on Saturday beginning about 4:30 p.m.

A Montana tribal living history symposium that was scheduled May 1-2 at the MSU Museum of the Rockies to be held in connection with the pow wow has been postponed.

For more information, contact Jim Burns (406) 994-4880 or e-mail him at, or call Native American Studies, (406) 994-3881.

Jim Burns (406) 994-4880,