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November 27, 2013

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Kyi-Yo Native American Student Association will host the first annual Kyi-Yo Coldwater Grizzly Dip from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, on the UM Oval.

The student organization produces the annual Kyi-Yo Pow Wow, which is one of the oldest student-run pow wows in the country. The Kyi-Yo club is raising funds to host a free, public meal at this year’s pow wow and to provide free admission to 1,000 Missoula-area school children. The group aims to raise $10,000 by March to make these goals possible.  

The Coldwater Grizzly Dip is open to the Missoula community and participants are encouraged to solicit pledges to plunge. The fundraising competition is broken down into different categories including campus professionals, student groups and pow wow head staff.  

Jumpers include UM football Head Coach Mick Delaney, American Indian Student Services Director Frederika Hunter, Professor Dustin Hollist and Dean James Burchfield.  

The participant that raises the highest dollar amount not only gets to stay out of the pool, but they also get to choose another participant to jump.  Whoever raises the least amount of money must jump into the pool.

Non-fundraising participants can plunge into the pool for $5. The Kyi-Yo club also will sell raffle tickets for a Griz prize basket during the event. Tickets cost $6 and include a free Indian taco.

All pledges and donations are tax deductible. For more information visit





Contact: Amber Shaffer, UM student, 406-370-1559,