Dawson Community College (DCC) is hosting an exciting event at the Toepke Auditorium on Thursday, November 16, from 6pm – 7pm MST. Members of the Glendive community and surrounding areas are welcome to attend at no cost. The evening will begin with a showing of the "Native Ball: Legacy of a Trailblazer" documentary, presented by Family Theater Productions. Following the documentary, which is 27 minutes in length, there will be a discussion panel answering questions centered around community, overcoming adversity, courage, and leaving a legacy.
The filmmakers for "Native Ball: Legacy of a Trailblazer" provided a brief summary of this documentary, “Annually, nearly 5,000 high school girls’ basketball players earn a full-ride Division I scholarship. In 1992, only one was Native American: Blackfeet Nation’s Malia Kipp. Living in two worlds presented challenges and so did the pressure to succeed as a University of Montana Lady Griz. Through the support of her family and community, she carried the burden with resilience, grace, and grit. Described by her Chief as “a warrior,” she blazed a trail – and heroic legacy – for other Native girls to follow.”
The focus of this documentary is Barbara “Malia” Kipp who was born and raised on the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana. She is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe, as well as an Oneida and Norwegian descendent. Kipp graduated with honors from Browning High School in 1992, lettering in three sports all four years, earning athletic records still standing today. She made history by becoming the first female tribal member in Montana to earn a full-ride scholarship to play Division I college basketball. Her tenure as a University of Montana Lady Griz, under legendary coach Robin Selvig, paved the way for another record-breaking moment … her induction into the Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame as its first female member. Today, Kipp is a mother of four children and has been a Registered Nurse for 22 years. She has been inspired by words spoken and lived by her Grandma Kipp, “No one said life would be easy, just know that it will be worth it.”
DCC is very pleased to have four distinguished panel members. Some of the panel will be in attendance and others joining virtually.
DCC also would like to recognize the efforts of their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee in organizing this event and the following DCC sponsors: Associated Student Body (ASB) and Indigenous Culture Club.
For more information about this event, please contact Gina Roos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Native Ball: Legacy of a Trailblazer, please visit www.NativeBall.com. On their website, you can watch a trailer, view pictures of Malia Kipp and read her full biography, and learn more about the directors, Megan Harrington, and Jonathan Cipiti, behind this documentary.