THURSDAY: MT Poet Laureate to Distribute Books at Rocky Boy Youth Rodeo


Wednesday, August 4, 2010
By Jessica Rhoades
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***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY August 5, 2010***

Montana Poet Laureate to Distribute Books at Rocky Boy Youth Rodeo Tomorrow

Real Bird, Juneau Team Up to Teach Montanans About Distinct Heritage of American Indians

(Rocky Boy, Mont.)  Montana Poet Laureate Henry Real Bird will be distributing more than 400 books tomorrow at Rocky Boy’s youth rodeo on Thursday at the 7 p.m. grand entry of the Rocky Boy Youth Powwow, at the Rocky Boy powwow grounds.  Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau says the Office of Public Instruction donated the books to help encourage all Montanans to learn about the distinct and unique heritage of American Indians.

WHO: Montana Poet Laureate Henry Real Bird. Real Bird is a rancher and educator who also raises bucking horses. He was born and raised on the Crow Indian reservation in the tradition of the Crow by his grandparents.

WHAT: Real Bird will be distributing more than 400 picture books donated by the Office of Public Instruction at Rocky Boy’s youth rodeo.

WHEN: Thursday August 5, 2010 at the 7p.m. grand entry

WHERE:  Rocky Boy Powwow Grounds; Agency Rd & Sangrey School Rd, Rocky Boy, MT"

Click here for a map: http://tinyurl.com/2dy45yg

More information about the powwow is available here: http://tinyurl.com/2g353b2

By distributing books written by American Indians from Montana tribes, the Office of Public Instruction supports educators in upholding Montana's constitutional mandate that every Montanan, whether Indian or non-Indian, be encouraged to learn about the distinct and unique heritage of American Indians in a culturally responsive manner.

Background:

The Indian Reading Series books, written by many tribes in the region, began in 1972 as an 11-year project of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) Indian Reading & Language Development Program. Later, the entire collection was made available online where it can still be viewed and downloaded at  http://www.nwrel.org/indianed/indianreading/index.html

Permission for this reprinting was granted to the Indian Education Division by the Crow, Blackfeet, Northern Cheyenne, and Salish tribes. A set of 24 titles was sent to each elementary school in the state. The Office of Public Instruction gratefully acknowledges the tribes’ generosity in sharing the original stories and offering continued cooperation in providing educators "information specific to the cultural heritage and contemporary contributions of American Indians, with particular emphasis on Montana Indian tribal groups and governments."

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