Update 10/08/19 3:55pm:

The Superintendent of Valier Public schools released a response to the media on October 7 saying the video was a part of an assembly before Friday’s homecoming game against Heart Butte.

Each class was to pick a holiday and the video’s holiday theme was the 4th of July and its representation of Native Americans.

The superintendent says circumstances of the video are under review and all concerns are being taken seriously.

The full media release from the Superintendent of Valier Schools:

Last week, Valier high school students participated in their traditional homecoming activities that included class challenges, cheers, pep assembly, and parade. As part of the pep assembly, freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors created videos as a means of inspiring enthusiasm for the homecoming game against Friday’s opponent, the Heart Butte Warriors. Each class picked a holiday theme and created a video to be shown at the assembly. A portion of one of the videos was shared on social media. I understand there are concerns with one of the videos, with the holiday theme based on the 4th of July and its representation of Native Americans. Circumstances of the video are under review and all concerns are being taken seriously. My primary concern is the well being of all our students and staff and I’d like to ask everyone to wait until the facts are revealed before drawing your conclusions. All inquiries should be directed to me, Julie Gaffney, Superintendent. I have no further comment at this time but will keep stakeholders informed as my inquiry progresses..


 

Heart Butte schools canceled the scheduled Oct. 7 volleyball game against Valier after the release of a video that people say mocks indigenous people.

Some people say the video mocks and disrespects the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People movement, and students can be heard laughing in the background of the video.

The Great Falls Tribune quotes the Heart Butte athletic director Jody as saying "It was in the best interest of our kids to not play the game tonight as things could still be a little bit heated."

Aimsback said he discussed the issue with Heart Butte Public Schools before making the decision to postpone the volleyball game in Valier. 

Julie Gaffney, Superintendent of Valier Public Schools, stated: "My primary concern is the well-being of all of our students and staff, and I'd like to ask everyone to wait until the facts are revealed before drawing conclusion." She said in a media release that the video was a part of the school's traditional homecoming activities.

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