UM to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

October 07, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will recognize Indigenous Peoples Day with three days of events Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 10-12, to recognize and commemorate the contributions of Native people.

All events, hosted by UM’s Student Involvement Network, are free, and members of the public are invited to attend. A schedule follows.

Monday, Oct. 10

  • 7:30-9 a.m.: Opening prayer/song and teepee raising, UM Oval.
  • 11 a.m.-noon: Peaceful march led by Indigenous Visions Network President LaNada WarJack, from the north side of the Van Buren Street Footbridge to the UM Oval.
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Round dance, UM Oval.
  • Noon–4 p.m.: Indian taco sale, Payne Family Native American Center Bonnie HeavyRunner Gathering Place.
  • 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.: Tours, Payne Family Native American Center.
  • 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m.: Hourly Star Story showings, Payne Family Native American Center Star Gazing Room.

Tuesday, Oct. 11

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Film screening, “Personal Reflections on Columbus Day,” Payne Family Native American Center.
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Hoop dance, Bonnie HeavyRunner Gathering Place, Payne Family Native American Center.
  • 2-4 p.m.: Beading Circle, Bonnie HeavyRunner Gathering Place, Payne Family Native American Center.
  • 5-7 p.m.: Traditional dance learning session led by Naomi Billedeaux, Indigenous Dance Academy director, and Antonio Morsette, Branch Center student coordinator, Payne Family Native American Center.
  • 7-9 p.m.: Campfire stories, Payne Family Native American Center fire ring.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Film screening, “Personal Reflections on Columbus Day,” Payne Family Native American Center.
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Native “Get Out the Vote” rally, Missoula County Fairgrounds, 1101 South Ave. W.
  • 4-5 p.m.: Closing ceremony and flute song, performed by Blackfeet Nation’s Troy DeRoche, Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee St.
  • 6 p.m.: “Rez Out the Vote” live performance with 1491s comedy troupe and special guest state Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, Urey Lecture Hall.

For more information on Indigenous Peoples Day at UM, call event coordinator Antonio Morsette at 406-243-5622 (office) or 406-945-0069 (cell) or email antonio.morsette@mso.umt.edu.

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Contact: Antonio Morsette, Indigenous Peoples Day event coordinator, 406-243-5622 (office), 406-945-0069 (cell), antonio.morsette@mso.umt.edu.