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MSU pow wow set for April 2-3

March 4, 2010


The annual Montana State University American Indian Council Pow Wow will be held April 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. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.   High-Res Available

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The 35th annual Montana State University American Indian Council Pow Wow will be held April 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 pow wow begins at 6 p.m. Friday, April 2, with the grand entry honoring retired MSU President Geoff Gamble. There will also be grand entries at noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 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 event. A free chili dinner will be served on Saturday beginning about 4:30 p.m.

Kevin Red Star of Roberts, an internationally recognized Crow artist who donated the use of one of his original paintings as the 2010 American Indian Council Pow Wow poster, will sign prints of the poster Saturday afternoon, April 3. Prints of the Red Star poster will be sold at the pow wow for $50, with proceeds going to the MSU American Indian Council.

In addition, a Nation's Prayer Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at MSU's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. A fun run and half-marathon are also scheduled on Saturday morning and an Easter egg hunt is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, April 3. For information about the runs, contact Shane Doyle at shanemrdoyle@yahoo.com.

A symposium on "Earth Rights: Learning the Languages of Indigenous Environmentalism" will be held April 1-2 at MSU in connection with the pow wow. Henrietta Mann, MSU Native American Studies professor emeritus and currently president of the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribal College in Weatherford, Okla., will be one of the keynote speakers. She is joined by Daniel Wildcat, American Indian Studies professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas and Walter Ritte, Jr., Native Hawaiian activist and director of the Hawaiian Learning Center. The symposium, which is sponsored by the MSU Department of Native American Studies, the MSU Diversity Awareness Office, Montana INBRE and the MSU Office of the President, will begin at 9 a.m. and will be held in Ballroom A of the MSU SUB. For more information, go to the Department of Native American Studies Web page: http://www.montana.edu/wwwnas/index.php?page=earthrightsconference2010 or the Diversity Awareness Office's Web site http://www.montana.edu/diversity/EarthRights.html.

For more information about the pow wow, go to http://www.montana.edu/wwwnas/club/powwow_10.html
Or, contact Jim Burns at (406) 994-4880 or jburns@montana.edu, or call MSU Department of Native American Studies, (406) 994-3881.

Jim Burns (406) 994-4880, jburns@montana.edu