A full slate of events is planned at The University of Montana in honor of American Indian Heritage Day on Friday, Sept. 28. The events commence at sunrise and continue into the afternoon as follows:
- 7 a.m.: Sunrise Ceremony – Led by Arleen Adams in The Payne Family Native American Center Story-Telling Area.
- 8:30 a.m.: Tipi Raising – Southwest quadrant of the Oval.
- 10 a.m.: Student Club Information and Crafts Fair – Native American Center Bonnie HeavyRunner Gathering Place.
- Noon: American Indian Heritage Day Proclamation – Presented by UM Vice President for Student Affairs Teresa Branch, Native American Center East Entrance.
- 12:30 p.m.: American Indian Student Services Soup Friday – Hosted by the Office of Student Affairs, Native American Center Student Lounge.
- 12:30 p.m.: Native American traditional games – The Oval.
- 12:30 p.m.: Bonnie HeavyRunner Tipi Race – The Oval.
- 1 p.m.: Redefined Art and Identity film – Presented by Julie Cajun, Salish Educator, Native American Center Room 105.
“Each year Native American Studies has celebrated American Indian Heritage Day, which was designated by the Montana Legislature in 1997, with cultural events throughout the day,” said Salena Beaumont Hill, academic adviser and program liaison for the UM Native American Studies Department. “The goal of the activities is to share with the UM campus and Missoula community our unique cultures and provide the opportunity for our American Indian students to share their cultural knowledge and expertise.”
For more information call Beaumont Hill at 406-243-5834 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.