Montana is home to seven Indian reservations and 12 tribal nations that call various areas of the state home. Within these seven reservations are rich strongholds of American Indian heritage and places where tradition is revered, landscapes are sacred and annual gatherings offer glimpses into the native way of life.
This cultural heritage is a rich, colorful tapestry sewn together through art, music, dance, storytelling, industry and leisure. Time-honored traditions like Pow Wows tell a story that dates back generations and emanates the spirit of American Indian history. Within Glacier Country, you'll find the Flathead Indian Reservation—home to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes and the Blackfeet Nation—home to the Blackfeet Tribe.
Located in northwest Montana, the Blackfeet Indian Reservation is found along the Rocky Mountain Front. Covering 1.5 million acres, the Blackfeet Nation is bordered on the north by Canada and the west by Glacier National Park. The Blackfeet Nation encompasses the communities of Babb, Browning, East Glacier and St. Mary. It's also home to numerous outdoor recreational activities, including hiking, boating and guided trips. Tribal permits are required when recreating on the reservation and can be picked up at area stores.
The Blackfeet Nation has two major events that provide a look into native traditions and customs. North American Indian Days, held every year during the second week of July, is one of the largest gatherings of North American tribes from throughout the United States and Canada. Festivities include a parade, traditional and fancy dancing, drumming, traditional games and rodeo.
The Heart Butte Celebration occurs every year during the second week of August in the community of Heart Butte and is a traditional festival and Pow Wow.
Encompassing 1.317 million acres in northwest Montana is the Flathead Indian Reservation, home to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes are comprised of the Bitterroot Salish, the Pend d'Oreille and the Kootenai tribes. Located within the reservation's boundaries are parts of Flathead Lake and the National Bison Range, as well as numerous hiking and fishing options. Tribal permits are required when recreating on the reservation and can be picked up at area stores.
The Flathead Indian Reservation hosts annual events that provide a look into native traditions. The Annual Arlee 4th of July Celebration has been held consecutively for more than 100 years and includes an encampment, competition dancing, drumming and traditional games. The Standing Arrow Pow Wow is held annually during the 3rd weekend in July and includes drumming, dancing and traditional dance and food.