Big Weekend Slated at Montana State University

ICTMN Staff
3/31/11

The 36th annual Montana State University American Indian Council Pow Wow, one of the largest in the state, will be held Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2,  at MSU's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. All are welcomed.

The pow wow starts on Friday night at 6 p.m. with the grand entry. Saturday has two grand entries; at noon and 6 p.m. Dance and drum competitions with cash prizes abound, with booths around the edge of the dance arena that will offer the crafts of traditional artists and artisans. And for anyone who says there's no such thing as a free lunch, well, there's a free chili dinner on Saturday beginning about 4:30 p.m.

The weekend includes a few key events, Montana State reports on their site:

A Nation's Prayer Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at MSU's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. A brunch for MSU Native American Alumni will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Great Room of the Foundation and Alumni Building, 1501 S. 11th Ave. For more information, contact the MSU Alumni Association, (406) 994-2401 or alumni@montana.edu. Five K, 10K and half marathon are also scheduled on Saturday morning. For information about the runs, contact Shane Doyle at shanemrdoyle@yahoo.com.

A symposium on "Empowering Native Lands: Renewable Energy for Economic Development" workshop will be held March 31-April 1 in MSU SUB Ballroom A in connection with the pow wow. For more information, contact Sheree Watson at (406) 994-6723, or e-mail her at swatson@montana.edu.

The third annual Nyree Hogan Memorial Basketball Tournament will be held April 1. For more information, go to the tournament's Web site: www.montana.edu/diversity/tournament.html. Or, contact Cheryl Polacek at (406) 994-3591 or e-mail her at ccp@montana.edu.

For more information about the pow wow, click here.

Or, contact Jim Burns at (406) 994-4880 or jburns@montana.edu, or call the MSU Department of Native American Studies, (406) 994-3881.

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