GREAT FALLS — In July, the Blackfeet Tribe crowned Alia Heavyrunner as their 2019-2020 ‘Miss Blackfeet.’

Now, as she approaches the half-way mark of her reign, she’s spreading the word about the causes close to her heart. 

On Monday, Heavyrunner was at Paris Gibson Education Center in Great Falls to host a film about the importance of cultural connection. 

She frequently speaks in front of students in an effort to share her culture and talk about about the issues she feels are important: education, suicide prevention, and tolerance for native traditions. 

The young tribal representative also hopes to use her title as a platform to educate  students about the importance of embracing one’s culture and realizing their potential.

Heavyrunner said, “The main thing I

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