UM to Celebrate American Indian Heritage Sept. 23

September 22, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will celebrate American Indian Day on Friday, Sept. 23. All events are free and open to the public, except lunch at the Food Zoo.

            The schedule is:

  • 7 a.m.: Sunrise Ceremony, led by Kevin Kicking Woman and Ruth Swaney.
  • 8:15 a.m.: Light refreshments, Bonnie HeavyRunner Gathering Place, Payne Family Native American Center.
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Curated Indigenous Traditional Regalia and Clothing Display, Bonnie HeavyRunner Gathering Place, Payne Center.
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m.: American Indian Heritage Day Activities led by spectrUM, SciNation and the College of Forestry and Conservation, including wildlife furs and skulls, stomp rockets and more. UM Oval.
  • 11 a.m.: Native Plant Garden Tour with UM botanist Marilyn Marler. Payne Center fire ring.
  • 11 a.m.: The Food Zoo will offer an indigenous menu. Costs $8.06 with Bear Bucks and $10.75 without. Lommasson Center.
  • 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.: Soup Friday, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Circle of Success: Mentoring Opportunities in STEM program. Bonnie HeavyRunner Gathering Place, Payne Center.
  • Noon: American Indian Heritage Day Proclamation by UM President Royce Engstrom; includes opening prayer, traditional dancing and drumming; Payne Center.

For more information on the day’s activities, call Michelle Guzman, Native American studies adviser, at 406-243-5831 or email


Contact: Michelle Guzman, UM Native American Studies Department adviser, 406-243-5381,; Ruth Swaney, Native American Natural Resource Program coordinator, College of Forestry and Conservation, 406-243-5561,