American Indian Storytelling Alive on University of Montana Campus

The Student Assault Resource Center at The University of Montana’s Curry Health Center is putting on a series of men’s and women’s groups for American Indian students, according to The Montana Kaimin, the university’s newspaper. The groups are meant to serve as a “modern outlet” for storytelling, the newspaper reported.

“With the lunches and gatherings that we had, a similar vein kept popping up. There were so many stories,” Stoney Sasser, SARC’s outreach coordinator, told The Kaimin. “The goal of the group is to provide a space for people to tell their personal stories.”

The groups met for the first time February 17 and will meet every other Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Payne Family Native American Center on The University of Montana campus. The last session will be held April 28.

Abby Higgins—this week’s Student of the Week—is an enrolled Northern Cheyenne member who will co-facilitate the women’s group. She is a senior majoring in social work.

“We’ll talk about our experiences before coming to school, our experiences now and what we want to do in the future,” Higgins told The Kaimin. “I hope they’ll get the support that the group was set up for.”

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