Juneau to Celebrate American Indian Heritage Day with Browning Public Schools


Wednesday, September 21, 2011
By Allyson Hagen
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Juneau Celebrating American Indian Heritage Day with Browning Public Schools and the Blackfeet Nation:
Community Event to Focus on Healthy Eating and Exercise Connected to Culture

Browning, MT - On September 23, American Indian Heritage Day, Superintendent Juneau will join the Browning Public School District, the Blackfeet Nation and the Let's Move! in Indian Country initiative for a day celebrating healthy eating and exercise connected to culture. This is the first event of its kind in Montana for the Let's Move! in Indian Country initiative.

Superintendent Juneau stated, "This event is a great example of using healthy food and exercise to infuse American Indian history and culture into schools, engage the community and provide rich learning opportunities." 

As a part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, Let's Move! in Indian Country brings together federal agencies, communities, nonprofits, corporate partners and Tribes to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in Indian Country within a generation.

WHO: Superintendent Denise Juneau will join school officials, health educators, Tribal Leaders, community members and students.

WHAT: Students will participate in American Indian traditional games from Montana's Indian Education for All health enhancement curriculum, and the 10Sticks Lacrosse Club from Salish Kootenai College will lead a station on lacrosse. The Browning High School cheerleaders will teach their peers Beyonce's "Move Your Body" dance, which was specifically choreographed for the Let’s Move! initiative.  They will be joined by student drummers and traditional dancers, incorporating local Blackfeet culture into the dance. Health and wellness booths will provide information on diabetes prevention and healthy diet for community members. A healthy traditional meal will be served to students and community members.

WHEN: Friday, September 23, 10:30 am to 2:15 pm

WHERE: Browning High School, Browning, Montana

Link to the Agenda: http://opi.mt.gov/PDF/Supt/LMIC_Blackfeet_Nation_Agenda.pdf

More about American Indian Heritage Day:
The fourth Friday of September was designated by the 1997 Legislature as American Indian Heritage Day, in recognition of Montana's constitutional commitment to preserve the cultural integrity of American Indians. Activities on American Indian Heritage Day can create interest in learning about the distinct and unique cultural heritage of American Indians, setting the tone and creating connections for a year of integrating Indian Education for All into the classroom.

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