Montana State University

MSU sets Native American Heritage Day on Sept. 24

September 14, 2010 -- By MSU News Service

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Montana State University will observe Native American Heritage Day with a variety of events scheduled on MSU's Centennial Mall from 10:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24.

The events, which pay tribute to the cultural legacy of Native American people in the U.S., will include dance demonstrations, musical performances and storytelling as well as displays of traditional cultural attire.

Jeremy Stands Over Bull, a member of the Crow Nation, will be the masters of ceremonies for the events, which will begin with a tipi raising on Centennial Mall, behind Montana Hall.

Cultural historian Lawrence Flat Lip Jr. and Barney Old Coyote, also members of the Crow Nation, will speak followed by performances by the Bobcat Singers, Native hip hop performer Supaman (Christian Takes Gun Parrish, who is also Crow) and storytelling by Blaze Kwaymullina. Kwaymullina is an Australian aboriginal author, Fulbright Scholar and MSU graduate student. Dance demonstrations and a traditional Haka performed by MSU Polynesian students will fill the day.

The program is free and open to the public. For additional information contact Jim Burns at 994-4880 or Phenocia Bauerle at 994-6507. An updated schedule will be available www.montana.edu/diversity

MSU Native American Heritage Day is sponsored by the MSU Office of the President in conjunction with the American Indian Council, Native American Studies, the Diversity Awareness Office, the College of Letters and Science and ASMSU Entertainment.

Phenocia Bauerle (406) 994-5801, phenocia.bauerle@montana.edu