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American Indian Heritage Day

The University of Montana will host a full slate of events on Friday, Sept. 26, to celebrate American Indian Heritage Day. 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 Patrick Weaselhead and LeeAnn Johnson, Storytelling Area outside The Payne Family Native American Center.
  • 8 a.m.: Light refreshments, Bonnie HeavyRunner Gathering Place, Payne Center.
  • 8:30 a.m.: Teepee rising with UM Native American student groups, the Oval.
  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Student Group Information and Crafts Fair: Bonnie HeavyRunner Gathering Place, Payne Center.
  • Noon: American Indian Heritage Day Proclamation by UM College of Humanities and Sciences Dean Christopher Comer; includes opening prayer, traditional dancing and drumming; Payne Center.
  • Noon: The Food Zoo will offer an indigenous menu. Open only to the UM community, regular prices apply, Lommasson Center.
  • 12:30 p.m.: Native American Traditional Games, led by UM Native American Studies Chairman Wade Davies, the Oval.

For more information on the day’s activities or to volunteer, call Wilena Old Person at 406-243-4097 or email

American Indian Alumni Group Social

September 26 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm at the Payne Family Native American Center

Missoula Indian Center "Come Celebrate Our Culture"

September 27 at Caras Park

Time: 4:30pm-7:00pm

For more information contact the Missoula Indian Center at (406) 829-9515

Native American Student Association

The Payne Family Native American Center 211A

Missoula, MT 59812

Office Phone: (406) 243-2669 | Office Fax: (406) 243-6432