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American Prairie Reserve to Host “The Day That Finally Came” – 9/1 – Lewistown, Montana

September 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


A conversation with Métis storyteller and Montana author Chris La Tray

American Prairie is pleased to announce it will host Métis storyteller, Montana author, and Little Shell Tribe of the Chippewa Indians member Chris La Tray for an in-person event at its National Discovery Center in Lewistown on September 1, 2022 from 6 to 8pm.

In partnership with Humanities Montana, this FREE event is open to the public and will be held at the American Prairie National Discovery Center at 302 W. Main Street in Lewistown. A reception and “meet and greet,” along with a book-signing, will follow La Tray’s presentation. Guests may also view the National Discovery Center’s exhibit space prior to and following the program.

La Tray’s emotionally-charged presentation, entitled “The Day That Finally Came” draws on 150 years of history to tell the story of how the Little Shell became the 574th tribe to be recognized by the United States government in 2019. With more than 6,000 enrolled members, the Little Shell is connected to all area Anishinaabe tribes, including the Chippewa, Cree, and Assiniboine people, and, particularly, the Métis, or mixed-race.

La Tray draws on stories from historians like the late Nicholas Vrooman and Verne Dusenberry to reveal the larger reality behind the “Little Shell” name, including how conflict with the U.S. government led to the fracture and spreading out of what were once tight, family-based bands, their members often finding refuge on other reservations and marrying into other Montana tribes, like the Blackfeet and Salish people.

The Little Shell is now headquartered in Great Falls, and this presentation helps people better understand who the tribe’s members are, as well as their important role in the history of Central Montana and North America.

La Tray’s presentation coincides with the start of the Metis Celebration and Powwow in Lewistown, which runs from September 1-4 at the Fergus County Fairgrounds.

Funding for the Montana Conversations program is provided by Humanities Montana through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Montana’s Cultural Trust, and private donations.

(Photo of Chris La Tray attached)




About Chris La Tray

Chris La Tray is a Métis storyteller and an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He is the author of One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays from the World at Large, which won the 2018 Montana Book Award and 2019 High Plains Book Award for Best First Book. He also authored Descended from a Travel-worn Satchel: Haiku & Haibun. His next book, Becoming Little Shell is coming from Milkweed Editions in 2023. Learn more about the presenter at http://www.chrislatray.com.


About the National Discovery Center

The American Prairie National Discovery Center is located at 302 W. Main Street in Lewistown, and is open Thursday through Saturday. The Center is a rendezvous point for visitors going to the prairie, a vibrant place for community building and partnership, and an educational resource on the importance of grassland ecosystems to the health of our planet. Visit americanprairie.org/national-discovery-center to learn more, and follow American Prairie on Facebook for updates on upcoming events and programming.


About American Prairie

American Prairie’s vision is to create a vast and collaboratively-managed prairie destination that serves as a fully functioning ecosystem for wildlife, and offers visitors permanent access to the landscape that shaped our nation’s character. Already open to the public for recreation including camping and hunting, American Prairie offers visitors an opportunity to connect with nature on a truly grand scale. Learn more at americanprairie.org.





September 1
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


the American Prairie National Discovery Center
302 W. Main Street
Lewistown,MTUnited States
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