Can I Visit the Reservations? – Plains Rewind

In case you missed my July 19 post, click here for a list of reservation sites you can visit in the northern Plains. This video gives a glimpse of what you can expect from the Montana landscape.

I also promised to provide a list of off-reservation sites that relate to Plains Indian history and culture. Although the following sites are off-reservation, many of them are in close proximity to the 26 Plains reservations where NRC works.

Site Description Location Tribe(s) Represented
Fort Smith National Historic Site History on Trail of Tears and eyewitness account of the forced removal of Cherokee from their homeland.  Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole Indians were also forced from the Southeast to Oklahoma AR – Fort Smith Cherokee and others mentioned
Payne Family Native American Center Located on the University of MT campus, this center affords reliable support to Native students while sustaining their heritage and providing a “home” away from home where education meets heritage. Environmental sustainability award winner too MT – Missoula Blackfeet, Chippewa Cree, Confederated Salish & Kootenai, Crow, GrosVentre& Assiniboine of Fort Belknap, Assiniboine & Sioux of Fort Peck, Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa, and Northern Cheyenne
Crazy Horse Museum Museum, Native American cultural center, films, and more SD – Custer Lakota / Sioux
Mount Rushmore Carved in the rocks at Harney Peak, part of the route that Lakota leader Black Elk took in a spiritual journey. Still controversial because the US seized the area after granting it to the Lakota under the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie SD – Keystone Sioux
Journey Museum Features Sioux Indian Museum and Lakota storyteller on tales and traditions of Lakota culture SD – Rapid City Sioux
Bear Butte State Park Artifacts dating back 10,000 years. Visited by Red Cross, Crazy Horse, and Sitting Bull. Still controversial, and sacred to Cheyenne and Lakota for spiritual ties SD – Sturgis Lakota tribes
Wounded Knee Museum Exhibits, photographs, and film tell the story of the Wounded Knee Massacre in-depth SD – Wall Oglala Sioux


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