UM honors American Indian Heritage Day with week of activities

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Dave Beck, a University of Montana Native American Studies professor, said during a presentation Thursday that the federal government actively tried to terminate government-to-government relationships with American Indian tribes in the 1950s and 1960s.

TOM BAUER, Missoulian Skylar Rispens

The University of Montana rolled out a week of activities with community partners to celebrate American Indian Heritage Day.

The events’ themes allow for participation to extend beyond campus and into the Missoula community to show their Native Griz pride.

On Monday, the week of celebration kicked off with a Welcome Back barbecue before free performances from comedian Tonia Jo Hall and rapper Foreshadow at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field. The events were supported by the All Nations Health Center, Missoula County Public Schools Native American Student Services and others.

“That was really cool to go there and see how the university interconnects with All Nations Health Center and how they’re trying to collaborate now to include Native Americans at their events at the university and going on in town,” said

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