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September 16, 2013

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will host a full slate of events on Friday, Sept. 27, to celebrate American Indian Heritage Day. All events are free and open to the public, except for the lunch in the Food Zoo.

The schedule is:

  • 7 a.m.: Sunrise Ceremony, led by Patrick Weaselhead, in the Storytelling Area outside The Payne Family Native American Center.
  • 8 a.m.: Light refreshments, Payne Center.
  • 9 a.m.: M Trail hike sponsored by the Missoula Indian Center.
  • 9 a.m.: Teepee rising with UM and Missoula County Public Schools students, the Oval.
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Student Club/Organization Information and Craft Tables: Bonnie HeavyRunner Gathering Place, Payne Center.
  • 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.: Soup Friday sponsored by the Office of the President, Payne Center Student Lounge.
  • Noon: President’s proclamation, featuring an opening prayer led by UM student Naatosi Fish, a proclamation by UM President Royce Engstrom and traditional dancing and drumming, Payne Center.
  • Noon: The Food Zoo will offer an indigenous menu. Open only to the UM community, regular prices apply, Lommasson Center.
  • 12:30-12:45 p.m.: Presentation by the Missoula Indian Center, Payne Center.
  • 12:45-1 p.m.: Bonnie “Sim-Sin” HeavyRunner Memorial Teepee Race, American Indian student groups will compete for prize money to see who can erect a teepee the fastest, the Oval.
  • 1-2 p.m.: UM College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences Assistant Professor Annie Belcourt will host a presentation on digital storytelling, Payne Center.

For more information, call UM Interim Director of TRiO Student Support Services Darlene Samson at 406-243-4199 or email



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Contact: Darlene Samson, interim director, UM TRiO Student Support Services, 406-243-4199,