Posted: Sep 28, 2012 7:45 PM by Cristy Aranguiz - KPAX News
Updated: Sep 29, 2012 7:50 AM
MISSOULA- Native Americans from many tribes gathered on the University of Montana campus, starting with a sunrise ceremony on Friday, to mark American Indian Heritage Day.
Many took part in traditional tribal games, including a dance around a teepee. Dancer Patrick Legg said he could put some of his own story into a traditional dance.
"They've got their own steps for that dance but you make it your own, you're able to show through your dance, who you are, different stories and what's in your heart," Legg said.
"Everybody has a right to be celebrated for who they really are and what they truly stand for," Willard High School senior Tanner McCullough said.
Montana has recognized American Indian Heritage Day since 1997.