MSU to host American Indian festivities

MSU will celebrate American Indian culture by hosting a series of free events this Friday, Sept. 28, during Montana’s American Indian Heritage Day.

The festivities will take place on the Centennial Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will feature a tipi raising, the Bobcat Singers drum group, dance demonstrations and traditional American Indian games. Opening remarks will be given by Bill Yellowtail, member of the Crow Nation and former regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A performance from hip hop artist Supaman, also known as Christian Takes Gun Parrish, will close the festivities. Supaman is based out of Montana’s Crow reservation and won a Native American Music Award in 2005.

Phenocia Bauerle, coordinator at the Diversity Awareness Office, explained the value of the event. “There’s a tendency to put Native Americans in the past,” she said, “but it’s important for people to see natives beyond the feathers and horses.”

For more information, contact the Diversity Awareness Office at (406) 994-5801 or diversityawareness@montana.edu.