Jack Gladstone is “Montana’s Troubadour.” An enrolled citizen of the Blackfeet Nation, Jack illustrates American Indian culture through a mosaic of music, lyric poetry, and spoken word narrative.
A former college instructor, Jack co-‐founded Glacier National Park’s renowned lecture series, “Native America Speaks.” This program, established in 1985, is the longest continuously running indigenous speaker series in Park Service history. Jack has released fifteen critically acclaimed CDs. His latest release, “Native Anthropology,” garnered the prestigious “Best Historical Recording” from the Native American Music Association.
In the spring of 2013, Jack became the first Montanan to receive the C.M. Russell Heritage Award, given to honor his contribution to the “legacy, culture, and life of the American West.” That same year, Jack was inducted into the University of Washington Alumni Hall of Fame in the field of Speech Communications.
In 2014, Jack Gladstone and Friends were featured on Montana PBS, 11th and Grant with Eric Funk, sharing an Emmy for Arts and Entertainment. In early 2015, Jack was honored by the State of Montana with a Governor’s Humanities Award. In October, 2016, Jack garnered the prestigious “Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award” from the First People’s Fund and in December, 2016, the Governor’s Art Award.