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of new Cultural Visitor Center
Written by Tribune Staff
The sixth annual Little Shell Chippewa Tribe’s Unity Walk and Round Dance on
Saturday will also mark the grand opening o the tribe’s cultural center at !"#$ Stuckey
Road outside %reat &alls'
The public is welcome to attend the e(ent'
)lso Saturday* the Little Shell hold its +uarterly meeting at the cultural center'
) highlight o the meeting* which begins at !, a'm'* will be se(eral guest speakers who
will present inormation on the Little Shell’s language preser(ation program* created with
unding appropriated by the -ontana .ndian Language /reser(ation /ilot /rogram* a
statewide program that set aside 0# million to help preser(ation eorts o -ontana’s
1ati(e )merican languages'
Speakers include 1ate St' /ierre* president o Stone Child Community College in Rocky
2oy3 Corri Smith* director o .ndian education with %reat &alls /ublic Schools3 Dr' 4im
Da(is* president o Turtle -ountain Community College in 2elcourt* 1'D'3 1orman
&leury and Lawrie 2arkwell o the Louis Riel .nstitute* an education and resource center
or the -etis people o -anitoba3 Da(id -orin and 5aron Shmon o the %abriel Dumont
.nstitute* an educational* employment and cultural organi6ation that promotes the -etis
culture in Saskatchewan3 and Casey Lo6ar* o the -ontana State Tribal 7conomic
%R7)T &)LLS 88 The Little Shell Tribe o Chippewa .ndians o -ontana will
host a grand opening e(ent at their new Cultural 9isitor Center on Saturday*
-ay :rd* at !"#$ Stuckey Road'
The Little Shell Tribe purchased the property in ;ctober #,!#* next to the
historic <ill "=* and built an addition that houses a git shop and will be used
The acility will share the history o the tribe through artiacts and storytelling'
During the grand opening* oicials say that dignitaries rom Canada* 1orth
Dakota* and -ontana will discuss the importance o re(itali6ing and preser(ing
Little Shell>s nati(e languages'
Little Shell sta will start with their +uarterly meeting at !,?,, am* ollowed by
a luncheon* and then there will be a blessing o the building'
The Little Shell wellness director* along with the -T8W@ Tribal Leaders
coordinator* will be doing acti(ities with gi(eaways to promote a drug and
)ter the blessing o the building* there will be a Aunity walkA rom the
1orthwest Center on the 1W 2ypass to the Cultural 9isitor Center'
) Round Dance east will also be held* ollowed by a Round Dance'
The e(ent is open to the public'