UM’s 5-day celebration of American Indian heritage begins Monday

The University of Montana plans a five-day celebration to recognize American Indian heritage, Monday through Friday, Sept. 24-28. All events are free and open to the public.

The schedule is:

Monday, Sept. 24:

  • 8 a.m.: Hike to M. Meet at base of Mount Sentinel. Honor song by UM student Daniel La-Forge.
  • Morning raising of Montana tribal flags outside Payne Family Native American Center.

Tuesday, Sept. 25:

  • All day: Ribbon Skirt and Ribbon Shirt Day: All students encouraged to wear ribbon skirts or shirts in recognition of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women.
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Kyiyo Bake Sale, PFNAC Rotunda
  • 12:30-3:30 p.m.: Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women informational session with Ivy and Ivan McDonald, PFNAC Rotunda.
  • 3 p.m.: Ethnobotany Garden Tour, meet at PFNAC Fire Pit.

Wednesday, Sept. 26:

  • All day: Rock Your Mocs. All students encouraged to wear moccasins.
  • Noon-1 p.m. Soup Wednesday, PFNAC Second Floor.
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Dry Meat Demonstration, PFNAC.
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Missoula County Public Schools Education Department Round Dance at Big Sky High School.

Thursday, Sept. 27:

  • 10 a.m.-noon: Environmental Studies program open house, Jeannette Rankin Hall Community Area.
  • Noon-2 p.m.: Make and Take Beading Circle, PFNAC Student Lounge.
  • 3 p.m.: Ethnobotany Garden Tour, meet at PFNAC Fire Pit.
  • 6 p.m.: Kyiyo Welcome Back Bingo, PFNAC First Floor.

Friday, Sept. 28:

  • 8 a.m.: Student-led sunrise prayer, PFNAC fire pit.
  • 11 a.m.: Planetarium show, Star Gazing Room, garden level of PFNAC.
  • 11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m: Honor Song, American Indian Heritage Day Proclamation reading, lawn in from of PFNAC.