PRESENTER: Dr. Walter Fleming, Department Head, MSU Native American Studies


PART 1: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

PART 2: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: 106 N. Broadway, Belgrade, Montana


indisnMapPart 1: An Overview of Reservations, Tribes and History
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

This program is a primer on Montana’s Native Americans. It will address such questions as these: What Native groups call Montana home? Where do they live? What are the primary similarities and differences in tribal origins, histories, cultures, and dominant issues of concern? What are the most important things Montana Indians want non-Indian Americans to know about them?




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Date/Time: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

In Part 2 we explore the question of Indian identity. Historically, how has tribal identity been determined? How is it determined today? Do individual tribes set their own requirements, and if so, how do they vary? What are the benefits and responsibilities of being enrolled as a tribal member? What are the cultural ramifications of tribal enrollment/identity today and what might they be in the future?





COST: Please call Belgrade Community Library (388-4346) during    open hours: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon–Thur.; 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri.-Sat.


Wonderlust Lecture Series at Belgrade Community Library

The Wonderlust Lecture Series at Belgrade Community Library is free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship by Belgrade Community Library and First Interstate Bank. This Lecture Series will address two general topics, with two lectures per topic. Each lecture is designed to be self-contained, so interested persons are invited to register for individual lectures.



Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust