Sunny Bird

Sunny Day Real Bird was named director of the Native American Achievement Center at Montana State University Billings.

Montana State University Billings has named Sunny Day Real Bird as the director of the Native American Achievement Center, beginning Aug. 18, 2020.

Real Bird is currently a middle school math teacher in Ronan, Mont. Previous to this role, she was the director of Indian Education for Ronan School District. With a heart for teaching, her career spans a broad geography of educating Native American students in Ronan, Busby, Ashland, and Pryor, Montana to Anadarko, Oklahoma.

Her skills expand beyond the classroom as Real Bird has experience in administration, grant writing, events and outreach, data and assessment, as well as serving on committees both as a professional and in her community.

Real Bird holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Montana State University, a master’s in education curriculum and teaching secondary education in mathematics from the University of Oregon in Eugene, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a mathematics minor from Montana State University Billings.

“I am excited to join the MSUB family as director of the Native American Achievement Center. I look forward to connecting with our Native students and working with them to ensure they continue to thrive at MSUB,” said Real Bird. “I also look forward to connecting with the Billings community to grow current relationships and create new ones.”

This MSUB alumna has southeastern Montana roots, is a member of the Crow tribe, and has family in the Billings area.

Three candidates were interviewed by faculty, staff, directors, and administrators, with Real Bird rising to the top choice. She will be taking the reins from Joe McGeshick, who served as interim director of the NAAC since July 2019. McGeshick will then transition full time to his role as MSUB’s Tribal Liaison.

Contact: Maureen Brakke, director University Communications & Marketing, 406-657-2243,

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