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April 13, 2012


The public is invited to enjoy the unique talents of some of the best Native American dancers and drum groups in North America at the 44th annual Kyi-Yo Celebration on Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, at The University of Montana Adams Center.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Empowerment through Education.” It recognizes the strength and perseverance of Native people and culture, as well as the commitment of Native American students who have embarked on the path to embrace education and strengthen their families and communities.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday, with a Grand Entry at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 11 a.m. Saturday, with Grand Entries at 1 and 7 p.m.

General admission costs $5 for Friday evening. An all-day pass for Saturday sessions is $8, while admission for the Saturday evening session costs $5. Weekend passes are available for $12. Children 6 and under, as well as elders 55 and older, get in free. Dancer registration is $5. Tickets and passes can be purchased at the door. The celebration helps support the mission and goals of the UM Kyi-Yo Native American Student Association.

Head dancers this year are Walter Runs Above and Shawnee SkunkCap. More information on the Kyi-Yo Celebration is online at

The 19th annual Kyi-Yo Basketball Classic will be held April 20-21 in conjunction with this year’s celebration. More information about the tournament is online at

The Kyi-Yo club is recognized by the Associated Students of UM and is open to all University students. The club promotes pride and positive identity in Native American culture and supports cultural diversity on campus.



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Contact: Lillian Alvernaz, Kyi-Yo president, 406-230-0413,