OPI and Hardin Schools to commemorate historic Crow battle on Indian Heritage Day

ERIC YOUNG

The story passed down through generations of the Crow tribe is now available to students throughout Montana.

The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) and Hardin School District will host an event on American Indian Heritage Day near Pryor Creek, where what’s widely considered the most important event in Crow history occurred. The event coincides with the release of a new children’s book based on the legendary battle between the Crow and a coalition of warring tribes that nearly eradicated them. The event looks to both recognize the battle’s significance and celebrate the book’s entry into Montana’s curriculum.

“I don’t think many of the non-native people know much about our culture,” Crow member and co-author Sabrena Half said. “And I think this is really good material for them.”

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“Elk Morning at The Battle of Arrow Creek,” is the second book in the Elk Morning series and fifth book by the Crow publishing company Bakaate, LLC  to be accepted into the OPI’s Indian Education For All (IEFA) curriculum. The IEFA curriculum requires all Montana public schools to recognize the state’s indigenous heritage and preserve it through public education.

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