NEA grants go to Montana projects like MMIW play and Native ceramics

Cory Walsh

A round of federal funding will pay for western Montana workshops on Native American ceramic practices; elementary students learning poetry and Plains Indian sign language, translating some work into Salish, and an original touring play addressing the issues of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

The National Endowment for the Arts grants, announced this week, are the first funding round for fiscal year 2023, according to a news release sent on Tuesday.

Montana Repertory Theatre, University of Montana

The professional company, embedded in the UM School of Theatre & Dance, will develop a new play and take it on tour. The play will be written by Kendra Mylnechuk Potter (Lummi), a Missoula actor-director. She co-wrote and starred in a full-length piece, “The Buffalo Play,” that was produced here in the Garden City and in New York. Last year, a documentary, “Daughter of a Lost Bird,” on her search for her birth mother, screened at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. 

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