Montana is home to 12 tribal nations and seven reservations. If you are new to the area and are unsure which tribes are native to Montana, yourbigsky has you covered. The following is a list of Tribal Nations in Montana.

Native American tribes of Montana:

  • Crow
  • Salish
  • Blackfeet
  • Northern Cheyenne 
  • Chippewa 
  • Pend d’Orielle 
  • Kootenai
  • Plains Cree
  • Sioux
  • Little Shell Chippewa 
  • Gros Ventre 
  • Assiniboine 

Each tribe has its own heritage, culture, identity, history, and languages, making them all unique. Recently, the Montana Department of Commerce announced that over one million dollars would be given to seven tribes in Montana, thanks to the Tribal Tourism Enhancement Grant (TTEG). The grant is a pilot program that encouraged Montana tribes to submit a project “wishlist” to help enhance long-term tourism for tribal nations. 

The Northern Cheyenne Tribal Nation will receive over 203,000 dollars helping to improve restrooms, signage, roads, and picnic areas at the Crazy Heads Recreation Area. The money will also install a shade pavilion on the Birney powwow grounds and improve the powwow grounds in the Muddy and Busby districts. 

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will receive 200,000 dollars using the money to make repairs on the Standing Arrow Pavillion in Elmo, Montana. The tribes will also use the money for dock repairs at the Blue Bay Campground on Flathead Lake. New carpet will also be installed at the Arlee dance and games pavilions.

The Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes will receive over 190,000 dollars to enhance the Tatanka Omaskaskan Buffalo Trail project and upgrade the entrance of Fort Peck. The money will also be used to renovate the Buffalo Ranch rental facility. The Chippewa Cree Tribes of Rocky Boy’s tribe is getting 96,000 dollars to buy spectator transport for off-road vehicles for Buffalo tours. A new public address system will be installed at the powwow campgrounds.

The Blackfeet Nation is getting more than 174,000 dollars to improve the Buffalo Calf Interpretive center and create a buffalo robe displayed at the center. The money will also be used to install toilets and five Blackfeet styled Tipi Lodges at the Buffalo Calf & Duck Campgrounds available for rent. Interpretive art will be installed, and remote boat and car rental services. 

The Little Shell Tribes of Chippewa Indians is getting over 147,000 dollars to construct a new fish cleaning station at the Hell Creek Recreation Area. It will also help to install essential campground amenities and make other facility repairs. Heavy equipment and landscape maintenance vehicles will also be purchased for facility repairs.  

Crow Nation received 90,000 being used to expand Apsalooke tours by purchasing two lift-equipped shuttle buses. They will also create print materials for the pictograph caves, Chief Plenty Coup State Park, and Chief Pretty Eagle Point. Print materials will also be made for the Rosebud Battle and Battle Loop.

Now that you know Montana’s tribal nations, be sure to keep these areas in mind for travel and see all the developing upgrades! Remember always to be respectful when visiting the land of any reservation or tribal nation.