"Montana Proud" series celebrate American Indian success stories - KTVQ.com | Q2 | Continuous News Coverage | Billings, MT

"Montana Proud" series celebrate American Indian success stories

Posted: Updated:

HELENA - The Montana Office of Public Instruction is highlighting American Indian success stories with a new series of “Montana Proud” posters.

State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen’s office showcased 14 new posters Wednesday in an event at the State Capitol. Many of the people featured in the series were in attendance.

Each poster features a young American Indian, along with their achievements and their advice to young people. They will be distributed to all Montana middle schools and high schools.

Arntzen said she hopes the Montana Proud posters will inspire all students in the state.

“Somebody can look up to that and say, ‘Who are those people? How did they get to be there? Let me find that path. I could be that leader,’” she said.

This is the second round of Montana Proud posters that OPI has produced. Leaders say many of those original posters are still hanging up, a decade after they were introduced.

Mariah Gladstone created an online cooking show called Indigikitchen, focusing on native people’s traditional ingredients. She said the leaders on the first round of Montana Proud posters were inspirations for her as she attended primarily non-Native schools, and that she set a goal of one day being on those posters herself.

“It’s incredible to feel that I might have the same role as a face on a wall as so many of the previous individuals that have come before me did for me,” she said.

Shane Morigeau, an attorney and Montana state representative from Missoula, said he grew up not expecting to go to college. He said he wants his poster to be a reminder that young people shouldn’t underestimate themselves.

“I want young people to see the posters and recognize that they shouldn’t take themselves out of the game before they’ve put up a shot,” he said. “I want young people to realize that they are capable, and that we all have tough days and struggles, but if we push forward, we’ll weather all the storms.”

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Our Apologies

    The page you requested is currently unavailable. Pages on this site are constantly being revised, updated, and occasionally removed. You may have followed an outdated link or have outdated pages in your

    You have reached a page which is currently unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please use your browser's BACK button to return to the previous page

  • Samantha Harrelson

    Samantha Harrelson

    Friday, March 17 2017 5:47 PM EDT2017-03-17 21:47:27 GMT



  • Geminid meteor shower: How and when to watch

    Geminid meteor shower: How and when to watch

    Wednesday, December 12 2018 8:08 PM EST2018-12-13 01:08:32 GMT
    By Ashley Strickland, CNN
    By Ashley Strickland, CNN
Powered by Frankly

© KTVQ.com 2018, KTVQ.com
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?