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The Montana State College Indian Council, now known as the American Indian Council (AIC), was established in order to assist new and continuing Native students in their adjustment to college life, and to promote academic success through group support, advocacy, and leadership. An aspect that sets the AIC apart from other student groups at MSU is the use of cultural heritage to foster pride, integrity, and achievement at the college level and beyond. The AIC ultimately encompasses perserverance and success for all Indigenous students at Montana State University.
The 1964 Montana State Indian Council

The Montana State College Indian Council, 1964.

2023-2024 AIC

The Montana State University American Indian Council, 2023-2024.


The AIC Powwow is one of the most popular powwows in Montana. The AIC works together with faculty, other students, and volunteers to plan and execute this sought after event. The AIC Powwow is a two day event that brings together Native peoples from across the nation and establishes a time of reconnection, healing, and celebration for students, families, and communities as a whole.  

48th Annual Powwow

The 48th Annual American Indian Council Powwow, 2024.








Royalty Pageant

Incorporated within the annual AIC Powwow is the AIC Royalty Pageant. The AIC Royalty Pageant is a competition that decides who will become Miss Indian MSU, Miss Teen MSU Princess, Junior Miss MSU Princess, and Miss Tiny Tot MSU. These roles are filled by Native students who show great knowledge of culture and leadership qualities. The princesses ultimately become role models for their communities and represent the AIC.

2024 AIC Royalty

AIC Royalty, 2023.







The AIC works hard to organize events to socialize and foster positive relationships for the community. The AIC has hosted events such as barbeques, swing dancing, movie nights, casino nights, and more! 

AIC Spring BBQ Photo

Spring BBQ

Students and their families were welcomed to the American Indian Hall for an end of semester BBQ.

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Wild Wild West Casino Night

The Wild Wild West Casino Night where students and faculty played various casino games including poker, blackjack, and even roulette.

No More Stolen Relatives Event

No More Stolen Sisters/Relatives

This event is a collaboration between the AIC, MSU's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Student Association, and Bobcat Athletics. These games help provide awareness and healing. Wearing red, presenting tribal flags, song and dance with cultural knowledge help provoke action and advocacy for the MMIP movement.