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American Indian Heritage Day

Friday, September 26, 2014, from 11:00am to 1:30pm
Michael P. Malone Centennial Mall

Montana State University will observe American Heritage Day with a variety of events schedule on MSU's Centennial Mall from 11a.m.-2p.m. 

  • 11am - Welcome: Walter Fleming, Ph.D. / Opening: Gail Small J.D.
  • 11:30am - Dance & Drum Demonstrations  
  • 12:30pm - Breakout sessions
    • Chris (Supaman) Parrish & Kasey Nicholson Performance
    • Bobcat Singers: Drum Presentation
    • Native Artists Workshop
    • Tipi Presentation

The festivities in the event pay atttribute to the cultural legacy and societal contributions of Native American people in Montana and the U.S.  

Chris Takes Gun Parrish, a member of the Apsaalooka Nation, and Kasey Nicholson, a member of the White Clay Nation and MSU Alum, will be Master of Ceremonies for the event, which will begin at 10am with raising of the Tipi in the Malone Centennial Mall. 

Dr. Walter Fleming head of the Native American Studies and member of the Kickapoo Nation will welcome visitors and participants, while Dr. Gail Small member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation will provide opening remarks.  Traditional dance demonstrations and drumming by the Bobcat singers will proceed the welcome and opening. 

Following opening remarks breakout sessions include performances by Christian "Supaman" Parrish and Kasey Nicholson, Native Artist workshops featuring two MSU Native Artists: Ben Pease and Louis Still Smoking, along with a Tipi Presentation. 

The program is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Richard White at 994-4880.

MSU American Indian Heritage Day is sponsored by the Native American Studies, American Indian Council, and the Diversity Awareness Office.