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Beaded dress from Fort Shaw Indian women’s basketball team unveiled at UM

May 06, 2014

"The blue-beaded ceremonial dress has spent the past century in Beverly Braig’s home, reminding her of the woman who wore it during halftime fundraisers at the turn of the 20th century. While Braig never met her basketball-playing grandmother, Emma Sansaver, her beaded dress has become something of a legend, remembering one of Montana’s greatest athletic achievements and moments of human triumph. “She was on the world championship Indian women’s basketball team at Fort Shaw that played in the St. Louis World’s Fair,” Braig said. “My hope is that Emma’s dress will cause a conversation that will be a positive influence on Native students, especially women.” To whoops and cheers, the dress was unveiled Monday at the University of Montana’s Payne Family Native American Center." Missoulian.