Montana State University

Department of Native American Studies

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172340
Bozeman, MT 59717-2340

Tel: (406) 994-3881
Fax: (406) 994-3343
Location: 2-179 Wilson Hall

Department Chair

Walter Fleming


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Archived News & Events, 2007

Two professors join MSU's Department of Native American Studies
Larry Gross and Matt Herman have joined the faculty at the Montana State University Department of Native American Studies. Gross comes to MSU from Bemidji, Minn., where he spent a year researching the Anishinaabeg, or Chippewa Indians. Gross has a master's degree from Harvard and a doctorate from Stanford. A member of the Minnesota Chippewa tribe, his current research examines the role of storytelling in relation to the survival of Anishinaabe culture in the modern era. Matt Herman comes to MSU from Stone Child College in Rocky Boy where he taught in the Liberal Arts Program and coordinated the Rocky Boy Tribal History Project. Herman holds a doctorate in English and a graduate certificate in cultural studies from SUNY Stony Brook. His research interests involve Native American literature, tribal history, and American cultural studies. Read more...
Activities celebrate Montana American Indian Heritage Day
A sculpture donated to MSU by Montana artist Jim Dolan will be dedicated on Sept. 28. The blessing and dedication of the sculpture on the lawn south of Hannon Hall will mark the future site of the proposed MSU American Indian Student Center building. Following the sculpture dedication and site blessing, a full-size Crow-style tepee will be raised. Crow elder Kennard Real Bird will explain the structure and symbolism of the tepee, as well as provide some traditional Crow storytelling. Read more...
Yellowtail to speak at MSU Berger Lecture set Sept. 27
William Yellowtail, a former administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the current holder of Montana State University's Katz Endowed Chair in Native American Studies, will deliver the 2007 Phyllis Berger Memorial Lecture on Sept. 27. Yellowtail's lecture, "Sovereignty from Self-Sufficiency: The Indian Imperative for the 21st Century," is free and open to public. MSU's Department of Native American Studies sponsors the lecture. Yellowtail, a member of the Crow Nation, holds one of just a few endowed chairs in Native American Studies in the country. MSU's Katz Endowed Chair in Native American Studies was named for its benefactors, Sheldon and Audrey Katz of Silver Spring, Md. Read more...
Web site includes MSU's Native American links and free e-book
A new page on Montana State University's Web site serves as a gateway for all the university's programs for Native American students and community members. The Indian Program Directors, an MSU group that serves as a resource and communication center for Native American cross-cultural, academic and student support initiatives, sponsors the page. Read more...
MSU American Indian Council Pow Wow set April 13-14
The 32nd annual Montana State University American Indian Council Pow Wow is scheduled April 13 and 14. The pow wow is one of the largest in Montana and all pow wow events are free and open to all. Booths around the edge of the dance arena will offer the crafts of traditional artists and artisans throughout the pow wow. Read more...
Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation funds Native American graduate fellowships
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has established a new $10,000 fellowship at each of Montana's two universities to promote achievement by American Indian graduate students. A foundation official said he hopes the Dennis R. Washington Native American Graduate Fellowship for students on both the University of Montana and the Montana State University campuses will help students meet the needs of Montana's native communities. Read more...
Indian land subject of MSU Indian Issues Week, April 12-13
The fractioned history of Indian land will be the topic of the 2007 Indian Issues Week Symposium set April 12-13. "Inheriting Indian Land: Indian Land Tenure in the Wake of the American Indian Probate Reform Act" is held in conjunction with the 32nd annual Montana State University American Indian Council Pow Wow, which is scheduled April 13 and 14. The symposium will provide a forum for tribal leaders and advocates, legal experts, individual Indian landowners and Indian land lessees. Read more...

Updated: 09/01/2011