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Contacts:
Reno Charette, Director of American Indian Outreach, 657-2144
Aaron Clingingsmith, University Relations, 657-2243

April 5, 2011

43rd annual MSUB Powwow set to bring Indian education to the forefront

Montana State University Billings Powwow set for April 8 & 9, 2011 at Alterowitz Gymnasium

MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — The pageantry of the 43rd Annual MSU Billings Powwow will commence Friday, April 8, 2011 at 6pm. Tribes from around Montana will gather at Alterowitz Gymnasium to join in dancing, singing, and visiting while renewing old friendships and making new ones. General admission price is $10 for anyone age 5 to 65. The cost for dancers and individuals over 65 years of age is $5.

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Powwows across the country strive to renew the culture and preserve the rich heritage of American Indians, said Reno Charette, Director of American Indian Outreach at MSU Billings.  Charette went on to say the powwow will give the University a stage to launch an endowed scholarship campaign titled, “Education is Our New Buffalo.” Donating to this campaign will aid American Indian students who want to attend college at MSUB.  Individuals and organizations can make contributions to the funding of the scholarship by contacting the MSUB Foundation at 657-2244.  In addition to a direct contribution, all proceeds from the purchase of a powwow program, calendar, tee shirt, 50/50 ticket, or raffle ticket during the event will go towards funding the scholarship.  The Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council has also joined the cause by donating a once in a lifetime buffalo hunt on tribal land.  Tickets will be sold for $5 with the winner being announced at “Crow Fair” on August 22, 2011. Their generous gift honors us and the students we serve, said Charette.  With the support of the tribes behind us we are confident that our efforts to increase opportunities for Indian students at MSUB will be successful.  For more information visit www.msubillings.edu/powwow.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Friday, April 8, 2011

4:00 p.m.         Tickets Available for Purchase
6:00 p.m.         Grand Entry
6:30 p.m.         2010/2011 MSUB American Indian Graduates Honor Song
6:45 p.m.         Start of Contests
9:00 p.m.         Round Dance for all MSUB Students
9:30 p.m.         Contests Continue
10:45 p.m.       Owl Dance Contest
11:30 p.m.       Closing Song
12:00 p.m.       Retire the Colors

Saturday, April 9, 2011

10:30 a.m.       Tickets Available for Purchase
12:00 p.m.       Grand Entry
12:30 p.m.       EMC/MSUB American Indian Alumni Honor Song
12:45 p.m.       Start of Contests
5:00 p.m.         Gourd Dancing
6:30 p.m.         Powwow Committee Honor Song
6:45 p.m.         Contests Continue
8:30 p.m.         Don Burnstick Comedy Show in Petro Theater
9:30 p.m.         Push Dance Contest
9:45 p.m.         Contests Continue
11:30 p.m.       Closing Song
12:00 p.m.       Retire the Colors

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