UM Celebrates American Indian Heritage Week with Events

September 23, 2019

MISSOULA – Located on the aboriginal territories of the Salish and Kalispel people, the University of Montana will celebrate its Native American students and alumni this week with a series of special events. UM also will welcome Dr. Brad Hall, the University’s new tribal outreach specialist.

A member of the Blackfeet Nation, Hall will work to recruit new students to UM and connect UM faculty to tribal college faculty to build new academic programming. He also will strengthen relationships between the leaders of tribal educational institutions and UM.

UM’s American Indian Heritage Week runs Sept. 23-27. Scheduled events are:

  • An ethnobotany table and tour with Dr. Rosalyn LaPier, an environmental studies associate professor and Blackfeet scholar, at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Payne Center.
  • A ribbon skirt and ribbon shirt day on Wednesday, in which students are encouraged to wear these items in recognition of murdered and missing indigenous women.
  • An indigenous film screening from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Payne Center.
  • A second ethnobotany table and tour with LaPier at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Payne Center.
  • A 7 a.m. teepee raising Friday near the Payne Center fire pit, followed by an 8:15 a.m. hike to the M for a sunrise ceremony.
  • A noon ceremony Friday at the Payne Center with UM President Seth Bodnar, who will read a proclamation and introduce Hall, UM’s new tribal outreach specialist.
  • A 1 and 2 p.m. planetarium event at the Payne Center on Friday, which will feature stories under the stars.

For more information call Michelle Guzman, director of UM American Indian Student Services, at 406-243-6352 or email  


Contact: Michelle Guzman, director, UM American Indian Student Services, 406-243-6352,