Can I Visit the Reservations in the Plains?

I mentioned knowing more about the culture, history, and traditions of the people who live on the reservations and that many tribes welcome visitors and have information for visitors on their websites.

NRC serves 26 reservations in 6 of the northern Plains states: Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Nebraska. Below is a list of historical and cultural sites that you can visit on the Plains reservations where we work. In a couple of days, I’ll add a list of off-reservation sites that also relate to Plains Indian history and culture.

Site Description Location Reservation
Museum of the Plains Indian Showcases the rich diversity of historic arts of Northern Plains tribes, plus the current creative works of outstanding contemporary artists and craftspeople. MT – Browning near Glacier Park Blackfeet
Fort Belknap Museum Less than an hour from the Canadian border MT – Harlem GrosVentre & Assiniboine
Chief Dull Knife Cultural Center & Lame Deer Museum Located on the campus of Chief Dull Knife Tribal College, shows history of Dull Knife, Tall Bull, the dog soldiers, and other leaders in Cheyenne history MT – Lame Deer Northern Cheyenne
The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Park Memorializes the life and death struggle of Chief Big Foot (Cheyenne) and Sitting Bull (Sioux) to preserve their way of life against Custer and the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry MT – Near Billings Crow
The People’s Center Share a part of the lives, history, and culture of three indigenous peoples MT – Pablo Confederated Salish & Kootenai, Pend d’Oreille
Fort Peck Tribal Museum Highlights “Circle of Life,” a traditional method of societal organization created by the Dakota and Nakoda people, based upon a balance and order that exists between humans and nature MT – Poplar Assiniboine (Nakoda) & Sioux (Dakota)
Three Affiliated Tribes Museum Explore the magnificent culture and hospitality that was extended to Lewis and Clark in the winters of 1804-06 ND – New Town Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara
Ponca Tribal Museum Artifacts repatriated from the Smithsonian, historical archives, tribal library, and community learning center NE – Niobrara Ponca
Red Cloud Museum & The Heritage Center of Red Cloud Indian School Located on the campus of Red Cloud Indian School, and one of the oldest museums to operate on a reservation. Houses an outstanding collection of Native American fine arts and Lakota tribal arts SD – Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux
H.V. Johnston Lakota Cultural Center Learn about the rich history and artwork of the Lakota through murals, photographs, beadwork, and paintings SD – Eagle Butte Cheyenne River Sioux
Wounded Knee Memorial Historical landmark with connection to Sitting Bull, Big Foot, Red Cloud and the Massacre of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation SD – Near Manderson Oglala Sioux
Colville Tribal Museum Houses history of Nez Perce, Moses/Columbia, Wenatchee, Okanogan, Entiat-Chelan, Methow, Palus, Nespelem, Colville, San Poil
and Lake Tribes
WA – Grand Coulee Confederated Tribes of Colville
Shoshone Tribal Cultural Center & The Wind River Heritage Center Located on the Wind River Reservation, learn about the cultures of 2 adjoining tribes WY – Fort Washakie Eastern Shoshone & Northern Arapahoe


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